To depart in a hurry; abscond.
(intransitive, slang) To abscond.
Origin of absquatulate
- Mock-Latinate formation (perhaps influenced by abscond) purporting to mean “to go off and squat elsewhere” ab- squat -ulate (as in perambulate)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.