The Alternative English Dictionary: absquatulate

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absquatulate {{was wotd}} etymology Attested since the 1830s in American English, a jocular mock-Latin word.{{R:World Wide Words|weirdwords/ww-abs1|Absquatulate|3 Aug. 2002}} {{blend}}, as ab- (as in abscond) + squat + * (as in perambulate, properly -ate), hence meaning “get up (from a squat) and depart (quickly)”.New Orleans ''Weekly Picayune,'' December 1839 The middle portion was perhaps influenced by -le and the dialectal term squattle; compare contemporary skedaddle. pronunciation
  • /æb.ˈskwɑtʃ.ʊ.leɪt/, /æbz.ˈkwɑtʃ.ʊ.leɪt, /æbz.ˈkwɑtʃ.ə.leɪt/
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  1. (intransitive, slang) To leave quickly or in a hurry; to take oneself off; to decamp; to depart, flee. {{defdate}}{{R:SOED5|page=9}}
  2. (intransitive, slang) to abscond.
Synonyms: (leave quickly) abscond, decamp

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