"Skedaddle" Definition

Definitions for the word "Skedaddle" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. v.
(-ling) colloq. Depart quickly, flee. [origin unknown]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
2. slang
to go off in a hurry. The American war introduced this new and amusing word. A Northerner who retreated “retired upon his supports,” but a Southerner was said to SKEDADDLE. The _Times_ remarked on the word, and Lord Hill wrote to prove that it was excellent Scotch. The Americans only misapply the word, which means, in Dumfries, “to spill”—milkmaids, for example, saying, “You are SKEDADDLING all that milk.” The Yankees therefore adopted the term, and altered the application.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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