To leave hastily; flee.
To run off or away; leave in a hurry.
A running or scurrying away.
Origin of skedaddle
- Probably alteration of British dialectal scaddle to run off in fear from scaddle wild, thievish, skittish from Middle English scathel wild, harmful probably of Old Norse origin skadha to hurt, scathe
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 19th century US. Probably an alteration of British dialect scaddle (“to run off in a fright"), from the adjective scaddle (“wild, timid, skittish"), from Middle English scathel, skadylle (“harmful, fierce, wild"), of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skaÃ°i (“harm"). Possibly related to the Greek ÏƒÎºÎÎ´Î±ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (skedasis, “scattering"), ÏƒÎºÎµÎ´Î±ÏƒÎ¼ÏŒÏ‚ (skedasmos, “dispersion"). (US) Possibly related to scud or scat.