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)
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)