Definition of vamoose in English:

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Pronunciation: /vaˈmo͞os/ Pronunciation: /vəˈmo͞os/


[no object] informal
Depart hurriedly: we’d better vamoose before we’re caught
More example sentences
  • The clerk reached for the phone; I hitched my pants and vamoosed.
  • But hanging around to the bitter end is sending good money after bad; better to cut your losses and vamoose.
  • When the lions come a running, the grazers close ranks and vamoose.


Mid 19th century: from Spanish vamos 'let us go'.

  • The word vamoose used as an informal word for ‘depart’ is from Spanish vamos ‘let us go’.

Words that rhyme with vamoose

abstruse, abuse, adduce, Ballets Russes, Belarus, Bruce, burnous, caboose, charlotte russe, conduce, deduce, deuce, diffuse, douce, educe, excuse, goose, induce, introduce, juice, Larousse, loose, luce, misuse, moose, mousse, noose, obtuse, Palouse, produce, profuse, puce, recluse, reduce, Rousse, seduce, sluice, Sousse, spruce, traduce, truce, use, Zeus

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Syllabification: va·moose

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