or awol, A.W.O.L., a.w.o.l.

[ pronounced as initials or ey-wawl, ey-wol ]
/ pronounced as initials or ˈeɪ wɔl, ˈeɪ wɒl /

adjective, adverb

away from military duties without permission, but without the intention of deserting.


a soldier or other military person who is absent from duty without leave.

Idioms for AWOL

    go AWOL,
    1. to depart from military duty without leave.
    2. to absent oneself without explanation.

Origin of AWOL

1915–20; A(bsent) W(ith)o(ut) L(eave) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for awol



/ (ˈeɪwɒl) /


military absent without leave; absent from one's post or duty without official permission but without intending to desert
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Idioms and Phrases with awol


see absent without leave.

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