One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Go away.‘avaunt, you worm-faced fellows of the night!’
go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sightView synonyms
- ‘To thee, O Sickness, I say avaunt!’
- ‘He led the litany with, ‘Christians, avaunt! ‘and the crowd responded, ‘Epicureans, avaunt!’’
- ‘Avaunt, and quit my sight!’
Late Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French avant, from Latin ab ‘from’ + ante ‘before’.
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