decamp

[ dih-kamp ]
/ dɪˈkæmp /

verb (used without object)

to depart from a camp; to pack up equipment and leave a camping ground: We decamped before the rain began.
to depart quickly, secretly, or unceremoniously: The band of thieves decamped in the night.

Nearby words

  1. decameron, the,
  2. decamerous,
  3. decameter,
  4. decametre,
  5. decametric,
  6. decan,
  7. decanal,
  8. decanally,
  9. decane,
  10. decanedioic acid

Origin of decamp

1670–80; < French décamper, equivalent to dé- dis-1 + camper to encamp; see camp1

Related formsde·camp·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for decamp

decamp

/ (dɪˈkæmp) /

verb (intr)

to leave a camp; break camp
to depart secretly or suddenly; abscond
Derived Formsdecampment, noun

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Word Origin and History for decamp

decamp

v.

1670s, from French décamper (17c.), earlier descamper, from des- (see dis-) + camper (see camp (n.)). Non-military use is from 1751. Related: Decamped; decamping.

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