- to break or leave camp
- to go away suddenly and secretly; run away
Origin of decampFrench décamper, to break camp: see de- and amp; camp
intransitive verbde·camped, de·camp·ing, de·camps
- To depart secretly or suddenly.
- To depart from a camp or camping ground.
Origin of decampFrench décamper, from Old French descamper, to strike camp : des-, de- + camper, to camp (from camp, camp; see camp1).
(third-person singular simple present decamps, present participle decamping, simple past and past participle decamped)
- French décamper, Old French descamper.