intransitive verbab·squat·u·lat·ed, ab·squat·u·lat·ing, ab·squat·u·lates Midwestern & Western US
- To depart in a hurry; abscond: “Your horse has absquatulated!” ( Robert M. Bird )
- To die.
Origin of absquatulateMock-Latinate formation (perhaps influenced by abscond ) purporting to mean “to go off and squat elsewhere” ab- squat -ulate (as in perambulate )
(third-person singular simple present absquatulates, present participle absquatulating, simple past and past participle absquatulated)
1830s US, jocular mock-Latin word. Blend of abscond,"Ž 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)". Middle portion perhaps influenced by -le (“(frequentative)") and dialectical squattle (“depart"); compare contemporary skedaddle.