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

  • intransitive verb To leave hurriedly or in secret to avoid unpaid debts.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rising. Minsheu, 1617;
  • Eastern; coming from the direction in which the sun rises.
  • [capitalized] In geology, appellative of the fourth of Professor H. Rogers's fifteen divisions of the Paleozoic strata in the Appalachian chain, the names of which suggest metaphorically the different natural periods of the day.
  • noun Same as lavant.
  • noun A bet made by one who expects to evade paying if he loses.
  • noun [capitalized] The region east of Italy lying on and near the Mediterranean, sometimes reckoned as extending east to the Euphrates and as taking in the Nile valley, thus including Greece and Egypt; more specifically, the coast-region and islands of Asia Minor and Syria: a name originally given by the Italians.
  • noun An easterly wind blowing up the Mediterranean; a levanter.
  • noun Same as levant morocco.
  • Of or pertaining to or obtained from the Levant.
  • noun In leather manufacturing, artificial blood used instead of real blood for obtaining a perfect black.
  • To run away; decamp.
  • Used only in the imperative, in the exclamatory phrase levant me, a mild imprecation much like blow me!

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb Colloq. Eng. To run away from one's debts; to decamp.
  • adjective (Law) Rising or having risen from rest; -- said of cattle. See Couchant and levant, under couchant.
  • noun The countries washed by the eastern part of the Mediterranean and its contiguous waters.
  • noun A levanter (the wind so called).
  • adjective obsolete Eastern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective heraldry Rising, of an animal.
  • noun Disappearing or absconding after losing a bet.
  • verb To abscond or run away, especially to avoid paying money or debts.

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

  • verb run off without paying a debt
  • noun a heavy morocco often used in bookbinding
  • noun the former name for the geographical area of the eastern Mediterranean that is now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel


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

[Probably after the Levant, used as an example of a faraway place to which a person might abscond (perhaps with a pun on leave).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French levant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Transferral use of Levant, from French levant. Compare French faire voile en Levant ("be stolen away").


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  • In rare/antique books, a highly polished, loosely grained type of morocco.

    February 22, 2007

  • "Used only in the imperative, in the exclamatory phrase levant me, a mild imprecation much like blow me!" --from the definitions.

    December 29, 2012