avaunt

[uh-vawnt, uh-vahnt]

Origin of avaunt

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French avant to the front < Late Latin ab ante before (Latin: from before). See ab-, ante-
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British Dictionary definitions for avaunt

avaunt

sentence substitute
  1. archaic go away! depart!

Word Origin for avaunt

C15: from Old French avant! forward!, from Late Latin ab ante forward, from Latin ab from + ante before
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Word Origin and History for avaunt

interjection, late 15c., "begone," literally "move on," from Middle French avant "forward!" (see avant).

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