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[va-moos] /væˈmus/ Slang.
verb (used without object), vamoosed, vamoosing.
to leave hurriedly or quickly; decamp.
verb (used with object), vamoosed, vamoosing.
to leave hurriedly or quickly from; decamp from.
Origin of vamoose
1830-40; < Spanish vamos let us go, imperative 1st person plural of ir to go Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vamoose
Historical Examples
  • "Don't you tell me to vamoose in my own house," a girl's voice retorted.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • Indians vamoose with Tootsie Wootsie, mount their horses, and vanish into the dawn.

  • "Perhaps you'd better let him vamoose," said Flood Rawley anxiously.

    Northern Lights, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • Everything appears to be propitious for an immediate start, so let's defer the argument and vamoose.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • vamoose, is the proper word for telling a Mexican to get out of the road, suggested the professor calmly.

  • The kid was wise enough to vamoose; so Olaf rides down to ol man Murrays, and reads the riot act to him.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • When I had got possession of the leather I would pass it quickly to the stall behind me, and he would "vamoose."

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • vamoose comes from a quite ordinary Mexican word, vamos, which is Spanish for "let us go."

    Stories That Words Tell Us Elizabeth O'Neill
  • He's livin', all right, but you vamoose—this mayn't be a pleasant sight tuh see.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • Yuma shouted through the door, "vamoose, I'll be down tuh meet yuh in a minute!"

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
British Dictionary definitions for vamoose


(intransitive) (slang, mainly US) to leave a place hurriedly; decamp
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish vamos let's go, from Latin vādere to go, walk rapidly
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Word Origin and History for vamoose

"to decamp," 1834, from Spanish vamos "let us go," from Latin vadamus, from vadere "to go, to walk," from PIE root *wadh- "to go" (cf. Old English wadan "to go," Latin vadum "ford;" see wade (v.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for vamoose



To leave; depart, esp hastily; lam, scram, split: We better vamoose, Moose

[1834+; fr Spanish vamos, ''let us depart'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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