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absquatulate

[ab-skwoch-uh-leyt]
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verb (used without object), ab·squat·u·lat·ed, ab·squat·u·lat·ing. Slang.
  1. to flee; abscond: The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel.
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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 formsab·squat·u·lat·er, nounab·squat·u·la·tion, noun
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Related Words

vamoose, hightail, depart, abscond, decamp, bolt, scram, vanish, flee, disappear

Examples from the Web for absquatulate

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for absquatulate

absquatulate

verb
  1. (intr) to leave; decamp
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Word Origin

C19: humorous formation as if from Latin
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Word Origin and History for absquatulate

v.

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.

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