• Leave abruptly.

Get a new word in your inbox every day.

By subscribing you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Example Sentences

“The getaway car was ready and waiting to absquatulate.”

“When the back porch light turned on, the sneaky raccoons absquatulated. “

“As soon as the cake is cut, I want to absquatulate.”

Word Origin

North American English, mid-19th century

Why this word?

Many English words are rooted in the classics, but this verb is a pure Americanism. A trend in the 1800s involved creating words that sound as if they could be (but aren’t actually) from Latin or Greek. The slang term “absquatulate” was created as a combination of “abscond,” “squat,” and “perambulate.” When you break it down, you’ll recognize that someone is picking up and running away quickly with their loot. “Absquatulate” came out of this period, as did the verbs “bloviate” (“to speak long-windedly and pompously”) and “discombobulate” (“to confuse”).

  • More brands you’ll love

    Elevate Your Everyday

    More brands you’ll love

    Elevate Your Everyday

    Subscribe to Better Report to receive tips and tricks that will save you money, maximize your time, and improve your life.

    Subscribe to Better Report
    By clicking “Subscribe” you’re agreeing to Better Report Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Learn a new word Anagnorisis