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squat

verb \ ˈskwät \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of squat

squatted; squatting
transitive verb
1 :to cause (oneself) to crouch or sit on the ground
2 :to occupy as a squatter
  • squat in an abandoned building
intransitive verb
1 :to crouch close to the ground as if to escape observation
  • a hare squatting in the grass
2 a :to assume or maintain a position in which the body is supported on the feet and the knees are bent so that the buttocks rest on or near the heels
  • squatted by the campfire
b :to exercise by performing a squat (see 3squat 3a)
3 :to be or become a squatter

Examples of squat in a Sentence

  1. He squatted behind the bush to avoid being seen.

  2. A family has been squatting in that house for months.

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Origin and Etymology of squat

Middle English squatten to crush, crouch in hiding, from Middle French (Picard dialect) esquatir, escuater, from Old French es- ex- + quatir to hide, from Vulgar Latin *coactire to squeeze, alteration of Latin coactare to compel — more at cache

squat Synonyms

Synonyms
couch, huddle, hunch, hunker (down), scrunch, crouch, squinch
Related Words
curl up

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squat

adjective

Definition of squat

squatter; squattest
1 :sitting with the haunches close above the heels
2 a :low to the ground
b :marked by disproportionate shortness or thickness

squatly

adverb

squatness

noun

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First Known Use of squat

15th century


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squat

noun

Definition of squat

1 a :the act of squatting
b :the posture of one that squats
2 a :a place where one squats
b :the lair of a small animal
  • the squat of a hare
3 a :an exercise in which a standing person lowers to a position in which the torso is erect and the knees are deeply bent and then rises to an upright position
Note: A squat can be done while holding weights, with a barbell on the upper back, or without weights.
b weightlifting :a lift involving a squat done while holding a barbell on the shoulders; also :a competitive event involving this lift
4 chiefly British :an empty house or building that is occupied by squatters
5 slang :diddly-squat

Examples of squat in a Sentence

  1. He didn't do squat all day.

  2. She lives in a squat.

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First Known Use of squat

1580


SQUAT Defined for English Language Learners

squat

verb

Definition of squat for English Language Learners

  • : to bend your knees and lower your body so that you are close to your heels or sitting on your heels

  • : to live in a building or on land without the owner's permission and without paying


squat

adjective

Definition of squat for English Language Learners

  • : short and thick


squat

noun

Definition of squat for English Language Learners

  • : a position in which your knees are bent and your body lowered so that you are close to your heels or sitting on your heels

  • : the least amount : anything at all

  • : an empty building that squatters live in


SQUAT Defined for Kids

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squat

verb \ ˈskwät \

Definition of squat for Students

squatted; squatting
1 :to crouch by bending the knees fully so as to sit on or close to the heels
2 :to settle without any right on land that someone else owns
3 :to settle on government land in order to become its owner

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squat

adjective

Definition of squat for Students

squatter; squattest
1 :low to the ground
2 :having a short thick body

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squat

noun

Definition of squat for Students

:a position in which the knees are fully bent and the body sits on or close to the heels


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