verb (used without object), va·moosed, va·moos·ing.

to leave hurriedly or quickly; decamp.

verb (used with object), va·moosed, va·moos·ing.

to leave hurriedly or quickly from; decamp from.

Origin of vamoose

1830–40; < Spanish vamos let us go, imperative 1st person plural of ir to go Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vamoose

Historical Examples of vamoose

  • "Don't you tell me to vamoose in my own house," a girl's voice retorted.

  • Indians vamoose with Tootsie Wootsie, mount their horses, and vanish into the dawn.

  • "Perhaps you'd better let him vamoose," said Flood Rawley anxiously.

  • Everything appears to be propitious for an immediate start, so let's defer the argument and vamoose.

    The Long Chance

    Peter B. Kyne

  • Vamoose, is the proper word for telling a Mexican to get out of the road, suggested the professor calmly.

British Dictionary definitions for vamoose



(intr) slang, mainly US to leave a place hurriedly; decamp

Word Origin for vamoose

C19: from Spanish vamos let's go, from Latin vādere to go, walk rapidly
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Word Origin and History for vamoose

"to decamp," 1834, from Spanish vamos "let us go," from Latin vadamus, from vadere "to go, to walk," from PIE root *wadh- "to go" (cf. Old English wadan "to go," Latin vadum "ford;" see wade (v.)).

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