1830s US, jocular mock-Latin word. Blend of abscond, squat, and perambulate, as ab- (“away (from)”) (as in abscond) + squat + *-ulate (as in perambulate, properly -ate), hence meaning “get up (from a squat) and depart (quickly)”. Middle portion perhaps influenced by -le (“(frequentative)”) and dialectical squattle (“depart”); compare contemporary skedaddle.
- (intransitive, slang) To leave quickly or in a hurry; to take oneself off; to decamp; to depart, flee. [from 19th c.]
- (intransitive, slang) to abscond.
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