AskDefine | Define absquatulate

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absquatulate v : run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along [syn: abscond, bolt, decamp, run off, go off]

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Blended jocular mock-Latin word. Arose in America in the 19th century (about 1837). Probably made up of the following parts: The Latin adverb and prefix ab, "away (from)", (maybe taken from abscond), the suffix -ate (maybe taken from perambulate or undulate), and the middle portion, "squatul", which might be a derivation of to squat.


  • /æbˈskwɑʧəleɪt/


  1. To leave quickly or in a hurry; to take oneself off; to decamp; to depart.
  2. To cause to absquatulate.
  3. To die.



to leave quickly or in a hurry; to take oneself off; to decamp; to depart
  • German: fliehen, fortlaufen, davonmachen
to cause to absquatulate
to die
  • German: sterben

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abscond, beat a retreat, bolt, clear out, cut and run, decamp, depart, desert, dog it, elope, flee, fly, fugitate, go AWOL, jump, jump bail, lam, levant, make off, powder, run, run away, run away from, run away with, run for it, run off, show the heels, skedaddle, skip, skip out, slip the cable, split, take French leave, take a powder, take flight, take off, take to flight, take wing, turn tail
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