[ ab-skwoch-uh-leyt ]
/ æbˈskwɒtʃ əˌleɪt /

verb (used without object), ab·squat·u·lat·ed, ab·squat·u·lat·ing. Slang.

to flee; abscond: The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel.

Nearby words

  1. absorption edge,
  2. absorption hygrometer,
  3. absorption spectrum,
  4. absorptive,
  5. absorptivity,
  6. abstain,
  7. abstainer,
  8. abstemious,
  9. abstention,
  10. abstentionism

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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British Dictionary definitions for absquatulation


/ (æbˈskwɒtjʊˌleɪt) /


(intr) to leave; decamp

Word Origin for absquatulate

C19: humorous formation as if from Latin

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Word Origin and History for absquatulation



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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