skedaddle

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verb ske·dad·dle \ski-ˈda-dəl\

Definition of skedaddle

skedaddled

;

skedaddling

play \-ˈdad-liŋ, -ˈda-dəl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  run away, scram; especially :  to flee in a panic

skedaddler

play \-ˈdad-lər, -ˈda-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of skedaddle in a sentence

  1. I've got to skedaddle or I'll be late.

  2. we skedaddled as soon as we saw the snake entering our campsite

Origin and Etymology of skedaddle

probably alteration of British dialect scaddle to run off in a fright, from scaddle, adjective, wild, timid, skittish, from Middle English scathel, skadylle harmful, fierce, wild, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skathi harm — more at scathe


First Known Use: 1859


SKEDADDLE Defined for English Language Learners

skedaddle

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verb ske·dad·dle \ski-ˈda-dəl\

Definition of skedaddle for English Language Learners

  • : to leave a place very quickly



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