American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To depart in a hurry; abscond: "Your horse has absquatulated!” ( Robert M. Bird).
- v. To die.
- v. Midwestern & Western U.S. To argue.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To run away; abscond; make off.
- v. intransitive, slang to abscond.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. A jocular word. U. S. To take one's self off; to decamp.
- v. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Mock-Latinate formation, purporting to mean "to go off and squat elsewhere”. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“In the 40s to absquatulate was in good usage, but it has since disappeared.”
“But now," went on the little old gentleman, "we must all absquatulate.”
“Do they think I mean to absquatulate with the spoons?”
“They say Obama's too inexperienced (though Sarah's okey-dokey and would do just fine should McCain absquatulate prematurely at 72) or too exotic or "not like the rest of us.”
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