absquatulate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1830s US, jocular mock-Latin word.[1] 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)”.[1][2] Middle portion perhaps influenced by -le ((frequentative)) and dialectical squattle (depart); compare contemporary skedaddle.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /æb.ˈskwɑtʃ.ʊ.leɪt/, /æbz.ˈkwɑtʃ.ʊ.leɪt, /æbz.ˈkwɑtʃ.ə.leɪt/
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Verb[edit]

absquatulate (third-person singular simple present absquatulates, present participle absquatulating, simple past and past participle absquatulated)

  1. (intransitive, slang) To leave quickly or in a hurry; to take oneself off; to decamp; to depart, flee. [from 19th c.][3]
  2. (intransitive, slang) to abscond.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Absquatulate”, World Wide Words, Michael Quinion, 3 Aug. 2002.
  2. ^ New Orleans Weekly Picayune, December 1839
  3. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 9