- to flee; abscond: The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel.
Origin of absquatulate
- (intr) to leave; decamp
Word Origin 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.