Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An informal, unannounced, or abrupt departure.

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  • n. A sudden or unannounced departure, or one taken without permission.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. an informal, hasty, or secret departure; esp., the leaving a place without paying one's debts.
  • n. See under French.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an abrupt and unannounced departure (without saying farewell)

Etymologies

From the 18th-century French custom of leaving without saying goodbye to the host or hostess.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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