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

  • intransitive v. Slang To leave hurriedly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To run away, to flee.
  • v. To hurry.
  • v. To be expelled

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To depart quickly; to depart from.

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

  • v. leave suddenly


From Spanish vamos, let's go, from Latin vādāmus, first person pl. present subjunctive of vādere, to go.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of Spanish vamos or vámonos, "let's go". (Wiktionary)


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  • "to decamp," 1834, from Sp. vamos "let us go," from L. vadamus, from vadere "to go, to walk," from PIE base *wadh- "to go" (cf. O.E. wadan "to go," L. vadum "ford").
    _Online Etymology Dictionary

    February 28, 2008