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[uh-vawnt, uh-vahnt]
adverb Archaic.
  1. away; hence.
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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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Examples from the Web for avaunt

Historical Examples

  • But if thou art some evil thing of this waste, avaunt thee!'

    King Arthur's Knights

    Henry Gilbert

  • Avaunt, you worst of sinners, I must save my soul,” he cried.


    Frederick Marryat

  • Avaunt, thou filthy, clammy thing, Of sorry rain the source and spring!

    Wild Wales

    George Borrow

  • He even dared once to follow me into church, but I cried 'Avaunt!'

  • I would fain hear the old snail skrike out at me, ‘Avaunt, Sathanas!’

British Dictionary definitions for avaunt


sentence substitute
  1. archaic go away! depart!
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Word Origin

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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