Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To depart in a hurry; abscond: "Your horse has absquatulated!” ( Robert M. Bird).
  • intransitive v. To die.
  • intransitive v. Midwestern & Western U.S. To argue.

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  • v. to abscond.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To take one's self off; to decamp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To run away; abscond; make off.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Mock-Latinate formation, purporting to mean "to go off and squat elsewhere”.

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Blended jocular mock-Latin word. Probably made up of the following parts: Latin ab- ("away (from)"), (maybe taken from English abscond), English -ate (maybe taken from English perambulate, and the middle portion, "squatul", which might be a derivation of English squattle ("depart"), or squat.

Examples

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  • To flee a sasquatch.

    January 3, 2013

  • "Absquatulate" and many more "tall" words are elaborated on in Thomas Pyles’s marvelous book "Words and Ways of American English", New York, NY : Random House, 1952. (Cf. chapter 6, "Some Stylistic Characteristics: Tall Talk, Turgidity, and Taboo".)

    May 16, 2009

  • What are we seeing it for?

    October 3, 2008

  • See: abscond.

    October 3, 2008

  • "In the 19th century, the vibrant energy of American English appeared in the use of Latin affixes to create jocular pseudo-Latin 'learned' words. There is a precedent for this in the language of Shakespeare, whose plays contain scores of made-up Latinate words. Midwestern and Western U.S. absquatulate has a prefix ab-, "away from," and a suffix, -ate, "to act upon in a specified manner," affixed to a nonexistent base form -squatul-, probably suggested by squat. Hence the whimsical absquatulate literally means "to squat away from." A more familiar meaning would be "to depart in a hurry."

    "A similar coinage is Northern busticate, which joins bust with -icate by analogy with verbs like medicate, and means "to break into pieces." Southern argufy joins argue to a redundant -fy, a suffix meaning "to make; cause to become." Today, these creations have an old-fashioned and rustic flavor curiously at odds with their elegance. They are kept alive in regions of the United States where linguistic? change is slow."

    More Word Histories and Mysteries: From Aardvark to Zombie, from the editors of American Heritage Dictionaries, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006

    September 4, 2008

  • Mencken "The American Language" says this word dates back to 1830 amongst settlers in the West. Means "to depart stealthily."

    September 1, 2008

  • Was it Chad? Don't EVER trust him.

    (Asativum: I mean Chad, of course.)

    June 24, 2008

  • I think someone told me this word was made up by Mark Twain.

    June 24, 2008

  • The term "absquatulate" has become familiar to us during the war. "It comes from a or ab, privative, and squat, western for settle. When a squatter removes, he absquatulates." In peculiar circumstances whole companies have absquatulated.

    (Forty years of American life, by Thomas Low Nichols)

    June 24, 2008

  • Hee... now it's there, and I'm happy. :) *sighs*

    April 8, 2008

  • No need to demand, c_b -- I'd be delighted to add to that excellent list. :-)

    April 8, 2008

  • Pterodactyl, I demand that you go list "oh my stars and garters" on my list of Delightful Ejaculations right now. Pretty please!

    April 8, 2008

  • Oh my stars and garters... how have I lived for so long without knowing this wonderful, wonderful word?!!!

    April 8, 2008

  • I love this word. Actual, complete telephone conversation between myself and my nineteen-year-old (younger) sister, who was out for dinner, on Saturday night:

    Sister: Hi, um, you know that...what's that word from the other day that means "running away and taking another person with you"?

    A: ...Honey. You are NOT calling the house at 12:30 just to ask me the definition of a word.

    Sister: Yeah, I totally am. What's the word?

    A: pause It's 'absquatulate,' sweetheart.

    Sister: cracks up

    A: cracks up

    Sister: Okay okay okay. Bye!

    April 7, 2008

  • This is a great word, it's so fun to say.

    December 3, 2007

  • Now here's a tongue-twister:

    Sasquatch absquatulated squeamishly.

    December 3, 2007

  • This is the funniest word I've heard in a long time... it almost matches booger in it's guffaw-factor.

    September 23, 2007