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)


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  • I say it like this "skeee-daddle!"

    June 23, 2008