Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An informal, unannounced, or abrupt departure.

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

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  • noun an abrupt and unannounced departure (without saying farewell)

Etymologies

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

[From the 18th-century French custom of leaving without saying goodbye to the host or hostess.]

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