Definition of vamoose
: to depart quickly
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Examples of vamoose in a Sentence
it's getting late, so we had better vamoose
vamoose Has Wild West Origins
In the 1820s and '30s, the American Southwest was rough-and-tumble territory—the true Wild West. English-speaking cowboys, Texas Rangers, and gold prospectors regularly rubbed elbows with Spanish-speaking vaqueros in the local saloons, and a certain amount of linguistic intermixing was inevitable. One Spanish term that caught on with English speakers was vamos, which means "let's go." Cowpokes and dudes alike adopted the word, at first using a range of spellings and pronunciations that varied considerably in their proximity to the original Spanish form. But when the dust settled, the version most American English speakers were using was vamoose.
Origin and Etymology of vamoose
borrowed from Spanish vamos “let us go,” suppletive 1st person plural imperative (going back to Latin vadimus, 1st person plural present indicative of vadere “to proceed, go”) of ir “to go,” going back to Latin īre — more at 1wade, 1issue
First Known Use: 1859See Words from the same year
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