[ih-skey-pee, es-key-]


a person who escapes, especially from a prison or other place of detention.

Origin of escapee

First recorded in 1860–65; escape + -ee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for escapee

Contemporary Examples of escapee

Historical Examples of escapee

  • Jink, here, has a theory that it's some escapee from the paper-doll factory, with a machete.

    Police Operation

    H. Beam Piper

  • When the goat squeezed under the dog leaped over and continued to herd the escapee toward the pen.

    Rescue Dog of the High Pass

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

British Dictionary definitions for escapee



a person who has escaped, esp an escaped prisoner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for escapee

1865, American English, from escape (v.) + -ee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper