namous

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Etymology[edit]

UK 19th century. Probably from Spanish vamos (we go) or vámonos (let's go). Possibly influenced by German nehmen (to take). Cognate with English vamoose.

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namous (third-person singular simple present namouses, present participle namousing, simple past and past participle namoused)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) To run away; to leave; to depart.

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namous!

  1. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) Look out! Beware!
    • 1851, Mayhew, Henry, “Gambling of Costermongers”, in London Labour and the London Poor[1], volume 1, page 17:
      One boy (of the party) is always on the look out, and even if a stranger should advance, the cry is given of "Namous" or "Kool Eslop." Instantly the money is whipped-up and pocketed, and the boys stand chattering and laughing together.

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References[edit]

  • Farmer, John Stephen (1902) Slang and Its Analogues[2], volume 5, page 12
  • Eric Partridge, A Dictionary of the Underworld, London, Macmillan Co., 1949

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