Green’s Dictionary of Slang

absquatulate v.

also absquotilate, absquotulate, obsquatulate
[pig Lat. based on SE abscond + squat + sfx -ulate; note John Mitchell Bonnell, ‘A manual of the art of prose composition: for the use of colleges and schools’ (1867): ‘absquatulate – to remove one’s residence away; as if squat were a Latin root, from which were formed squatulare and absquatulare’]
(orig. US)

1. of people or animals, to leave, to run away, to abscond.

[US]W.B. Bernard Kentuckian cited in Schele De Vere (1872).
[US]‘Jack Downing’ Andrew Jackson 36: If you obsquotulate, you are ded before you can say Jack Robinson.
[US]R.M. Bird Nick of the Woods I 117: Your blooded brown horse has absquotulated!
[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker III 204: What’s the use of legs but to absquatulate with like a jumpin’ bull frog.
[US]L.H. Medina Nick of the Woods II i: Your blooded brown mare has absquatulated – stolen by that etarnal roaring Ralph Stackpole.
[UK]Preston Chron. 8 Apr. 5/2: Boots said the only reward he got for taking his [i.e a ‘worthy bumpkin’] carpet bag to the train was a very polite request to ‘absquatulate’ to the infernal regions.
[Aus]Melbourne Punch 20 Nov. 3/1: Proposals for a New Slang Dictionary [...] ABSQUATULATE.—Originally written Absquostatulate. Verb neuter: To clear, to vamos, to mizzle, to cut one's stick, to hook it, to slide, to bolt to break out, etc. Derivation—From the Latin—ab or absquo-statu and latum from fero, i. e„ to be carried or to carry one self away from the place iu which one previously was.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 69: OBSQUATULATE, to run away, or decamp.
[US]‘Timothy Titcomb’ Letters to Young People 141: You might just as well ‘cave in,’ first as last, and ‘absquatulate,’ for you can’t ‘put it through,’ ‘any way you can fix it.’.
[Aus]Golden Age (Queanbeyan, NSW) 4 Sept. 3/2: [T]he reminder about the Murrumbidgee settled poor TOM altogether; as one of our Slap-Bangites, YANKEE BILL said, ‘he had to absquatulate totally’.
[UK]R. Broughton Cometh up as a Flower 323: ‘Since this is my chamber, and not yours —’ ‘You’d thank me to “absquatulate,” as the Yankees say.’.
[Aus]Hamilton Spectator (Vic.) 7 Jan. 1/7: A young gentleman gets into ‘little difficulties,’ [...] He fears he will have to ‘absquatulate,’ ‘ missle,’ ‘ slope,’ ‘ cut’ ‘ dodge,’ ‘make tracks,’ ‘make himself scarce,’ unless the governor ‘shells out’.
[US]J.F. Rusling Great West and Pacific Coast 73: To ‘vamose the ranch’ means to clear out, to depart, to cut stick, to absquatulate.
[UK]R. Rowe Picked Up in the Streets 23: ‘I was speaking to that gentleman, sir,’ he said, and hastily ‘absquatulated’.
[UK]Farmer Americanisms 4: Absquatulate, also Absquotilate. — to run away, to decamp, with the more or less forcible idea of absconding in disgrace.
Buckskin Mose I 18: The vagabond had ‘absquatulated’ with the whole of the joint-stock funds .
[UK]Sporting Times 17 Jan. 1/3: Leaving his Brooding Bull-Pup to Keep and Optic on the Soup and see No one Absquatulated with the Hors d’Oeuvre.
[US]N.Y. Tribune 3 Dec. n.p.: ‘Mizzle?’ said Lester. ‘He means “git”; “vamoose”; “absquatulate”.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 16 Feb. 7/8: Mizzled and absquatulated / (Where they went Lord only knows).
E. Gates Poor Little Rich Girl 223: Then – would you please tell me, what is the meaning of absquatulate?
[UK]Post (Lanarks) 23 Apr. 6/3: Absquatulate — depart.

2. of an object, to separate, to break away from.

[US]Spirit of the Times (N.Y.) 29 June n.p.: When Mr. F. again called, the shingle had absquatulated from the shutter.
[US]Salem (IL) Advocate 27 Feb. 1/2: She might [...] give him a kiss. Ah, and a good one, too — not one of the touches that wouldn’t make a dew drop absquatulate from a rose leaf [DA].