- to run away hurriedly; flee.
- a hasty flight.
Origin of skedaddle
Examples from the Web for skedaddle
Skedaddle onto the equally heart-stopping Million Dollar Highway to Ouray and Telluride.The U.S. Road Trips You Should Really Take
April 26, 2014
They skedaddle like lightning if they see so much as Rachel's shadow.The Jolliest School of All</p>
For the formation we may compare American vamose, to skedaddle, from Span.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
Everything was in confusion, and all was helter-skelter, skurry, and skedaddle.The Recollections of A Drummer-Boy
Harry M. Kieffer
The fight lasted about three hours, when the rebs were obliged to skedaddle.An Artilleryman's Diary
Jenkin Lloyd Jones
Now skedaddle into your own rooms, but don't you dare to sit down for a moment.Dawn O'Hara, The Girl Who Laughed
- (intr) to run off hastily
- a hasty retreat
Word Origin and History for 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 not a blend" [contra De Vere]. He calls it instead an "enlargement of dial. scaddle 'scare, frighten.'" Related: Skedaddled; skedaddling. As a noun from 1870.