- to flee; abscond: The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel.
Origin of absquatulate
Examples from the Web for absquatulate
Then when some one laughed she added, "You say 'absquatulate' over here, don't you?"In the High Valley
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.The Poor Little Rich Girl
Prudence warned them to absquatulate, and they determined to cut their lucky, before the inevitable dénouement.Camp Fire Yarns of the Lost Legion
The hybrid but expressive Americanism absquatulate, means to clear off; the reverse of to squat.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- (intr) to leave; decamp
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.