verb (used without object), ske·dad·dled, ske·dad·dling.
- skean dhu,
- skeat, walter william,
Origin of skedaddle
Examples from the Web for skedaddle
Skedaddle onto the equally heart-stopping Million Dollar Highway to Ouray and Telluride.
During the night the enemy made their appearance, the bell was rung and the skedaddle enacted!Our campaign around Gettysburg|John Lockwood
The defence was too strong, and our force too small; we had to skedaddle, or we'd have seen Libby in a way we didn't like.The Militants|Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
But Lieutenant Bennett got his guns in position, and sent over several shells, which caused them to “skedaddle” in all directions.Our Battery|Orlando P. Cutter
Word Origin for skedaddle
"to run away," 1861, American Civil War military slang, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to earlier use in northern England dialect with a meaning "to spill." Liberman says it "has no connection with any word of Greek, Irish, or Swedish, and it is not a blend" [contra De Vere]. He calls it instead an "enlargement of dial. scaddle 'scare, frighten.'" Related: Skedaddled; skedaddling. As a noun from 1870.