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[ab-skwoch-uh-leyt] /æbˈskwɒtʃ əˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), absquatulated, absquatulating. Slang.
to flee; abscond:
The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel.
Origin of absquatulate
1820-30; pseudo-Latinism, from ab-, squat, and -ulate, paralleling Latin-derived words with initial abs- (e.g., abscond, abstention) and final -tulate (e.g., congratulate)
Related forms
absquatulater, noun
absquatulation, noun Unabridged
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  • Then when some one laughed she added, "You say 'absquatulate' over here, don't you?"

    In the High Valley Susan Coolidge
  • In the 40's to absquatulate was in good usage, but it has since disappeared.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • absquatulate was a big word, but she understood it, having come across it one day in the Dictionary.

  • Prudence warned them to absquatulate, and they determined to cut their lucky, before the inevitable dénouement.

  • The hybrid but expressive Americanism absquatulate, means to clear off; the reverse of to squat.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • To "vamose the ranch" means to clear out, to depart, to cut stick, to absquatulate.

    Across America James F. Rusling
British Dictionary definitions for absquatulate


(intransitive) to leave; decamp
Word Origin
C19: humorous formation as if from Latin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for absquatulate

1837, "Facetious U.S. coinage" [Weekley], perhaps rooted in mock-Latin negation of squat "to settle." Said to have been used by the U.S. Western character "Nimrod Wildfire" in the play "The Kentuckian," as re-written by British author William B. Bernard and staged in London in 1833. Related: Absquatulated; absquatulating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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