Skedaddle Ske*dad"dle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Skedaddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Skedaddling}.] [Of uncertain etymology.] To betake one's self to flight, as if in a panic; to flee; to run away. [Slang, U. S.] [1913 Webster]

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  • skedaddle — to run away, 1861, American Civil War military slang, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to earlier use in northern England dialect with a meaning to spill. Liberman says it has no connection with any word of Greek, Irish, or Swedish, and it is …   Etymology dictionary

  • skedaddle — *scuttle, scurry, scamper, sprint Analogous words: flee, fly, *escape, decamp: retreat, *recede: withdraw, retire (see GO) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • skedaddle — [v] flee blow*, bolt, clear out, dart, dash, decamp, expedite, fly, fly the coop*, get a move on*, go like lightning, hasten, hightail it*, hurry, hurry up, hustle, leave, make haste, make oneself scarce*, make time*, make tracks*, move, move… …   New thesaurus

  • skedaddle — ► VERB informal ▪ depart hurriedly. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • skedaddle — [ski dad′ l] vi. skedaddled, skedaddling [popularized in military slang of Civil War period: prob. a fanciful formation] Informal to run off or away; leave in a hurry n. Informal a running or scurrying away …   English World dictionary

  • skedaddle — UK [skɪˈdæd(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms skedaddle : present tense I/you/we/they skedaddle he/she/it skedaddles present participle skedaddling past tense skedaddled past participle skedaddled very informal to leave a place quickly …   English dictionary

  • skedaddle — [ska dsedl] in. to get out; to leave in a hurry. (Folksy.) □ Go on, skedaddle! Out! □ Well, I’d better skedaddle on home …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Skedaddle — You might also want to look up in the wiktionary for a description of the word. Skedaddle is a children s game show that aired in the late 1980s as a part of The Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera block of shows. It was hosted by Ron Pearson, and… …   Wikipedia

  • skedaddle — /ski dad l/, v., skedaddled, skedaddling, n. Informal. v.i. 1. to run away hurriedly; flee. n. 2. a hasty flight. [1860 65, Amer.; cf. dial. (Scots, N England) skedaddle to spill, scatter, skiddle to move away quickly] * * * …   Universalium

  • skedaddle — ske•dad•dle [[t]skɪˈdæd l[/t]] v. dled, dling, n. Informal. 1) inf to run away hurriedly; flee 2) dial. a hasty flight • Etymology: 1860–65, amer.; cf. dial. (Scots, N England) skedaddle to scatter ske•dad′dler, n …   From formal English to slang

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