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Attested since the 1830s in American English, a jocular mock-Latin word.[1] Blend of abscond +‎ squat +‎ 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] The middle portion was perhaps influenced by -le ((frequentative)) and the dialectal term squattle (depart); compare contemporary skedaddle.


  • IPA(key): /æb.ˈskwɑtʃ.ʊ.leɪt/, /æbz.ˈkwɑtʃ.ʊ.leɪt/, /æbz.ˈkwɑtʃ.ə.leɪt/
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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 depart, flee. [from 19th c.][3]
    • 1910, H. G. Wells, The history of Mr. Polly
      " [] Now I see you again—I’m satisfied. I’m satisfied completely. See? I’m going to absquatulate, see? Hey Presto right away.”
      He turned to his tea for a moment, finished his cup noisily, stood up.
  2. (intransitive, slang) to abscond.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Michael Quinion (3 August 2002) , “Absquatulate”, in World Wide Words
  2. ^ New Orleans Weekly Picayune, December 1839
  3. ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002) , “absquatulate”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 9