from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. Informal To leave hastily; flee.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To move or run away quickly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To betake one's self to flight, as if in a panic; to flee; to run away.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To spill; scatter.
- To betake one's self hastily to flight; run away; scamper off, as through fear or in panic.
- n. A hasty, disorderly flight.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. run away, as if in a panic
- n. a hasty flight
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably an alteration of British dialect scaddle ("to run off in a fright"), from the adjective scaddle ("wild, timid, skittish"), from Middle English scathel, skadylle ("harmful, fierce, wild"), of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skaði ("harm"). Possibly related to the Greek σκέδασις (skedasis, "scattering"), σκεδασμός (skedasmos, "dispersion"). (US) Possibly related to scud or scat. (Wiktionary)