Definitions

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

  • adv. Hence; away.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Begone; depart; a word of contempt or abhorrence, equivalent to the phrase "Get thee gone."
  • n. A vaunt; a boast.
  • v. To advance; to move forward; to elevate.
  • v. To depart; to move away.
  • v. To vaunt; to boast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. Begone; depart; -- a word of contempt or abhorrence, equivalent to the phrase “Get thee gone.”
  • v. To advance; to move forward; to elevate.
  • v. To depart; to move away.
  • v. To vaunt; to boast.
  • n. A vaunt; to boast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Forward.
  • Away! begone! depart! an exclamation of contempt or abhorrence.
  • n. Dismissal.
  • To advance.
  • To praise highly; vaunt; make renowned.
  • To boast; brag; speak or express vauntingly.
  • n. A boast; a vaunt.

Etymologies

Middle English, forward, from Old French avant, from Latin abante : ab-, from; see ab-1 + ante, before; see ante-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1275–1325; Middle English, from Old French avant ("to the front"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Oh! I do remember that you performed upon the latter, and my modesty should have certainly bid me 'avaunt' from it.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • But suddenly she closed the book, and gave it back to Philip, shaking her head with a backward movement, as if to say "avaunt" to floating visions.

    The Mill on the Floss

  • "avaunt" rose to her lips again as she saw one of the figures in chain-armour cautiously approaching her with the polite words, "Can't I be of any use, Miss Delaware?"

    A Christmas Cake in Four Quarters

  • Avaunt this cave! avaunt the burnt-offerings, which the godless Cyclops offers on Aetna's altars, exulting in meals on strangers 'flesh!

    The Cyclops

  • Their necromantic forms in vain Haunt us on the tented plain; We bid these spectre shapes avaunt, Ashtaroth and Termagaunt.

    The Talisman

  • The parson of the parish, who was one of the executors, and had acted as ghostly director to the old man, no sooner heard this exclamation than he cried out, “Avaunt, unchristian reviler! avaunt! wilt thou not allow the soul of his honour to rest in peace?”

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • He knew that he was as one under temptation, but he was not strong enough to bid the tempter avaunt.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • And thanne alle his frendes maken hire avaunt and hire dalyance, how the fowles comen thider, here 5, here 6, here 10, and there 20, and so forthe: and thei rejoyssen hem hugely for to speke there of.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • I will die a Saxon — true in word, open in deed — I bid thee avaunt! — touch me not, stay me not! —

    Ivanhoe

  • They accosted me as Satan, bid me avaunt, and clamoured to be delivered from temptation.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

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  • An ancient hunting cry.

    June 11, 2012

  • Avaunt, you cullions! (Henry V: Act 3, scene ii)

    January 14, 2007