squat

verb
\ ˈskwät How to pronounce squat (audio) \
squatted; squatting

Definition of squat

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cause (oneself) to crouch or sit on the ground
2 : to occupy as a squatter

intransitive verb

1 : to crouch close to the ground as if to escape observation a hare squatting in the grass
2a : 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 squat entry 3 sense 3a)
3 : to be or become a squatter squat in an abandoned building

squat

adjective
squatter; squattest

Definition of squat (Entry 2 of 3)

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

squat

noun

Definition of squat (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : the act of squatting
b : the posture of one that squats
2a : a place where one squats
b : the lair of a small animal the squat of a hare
3a : 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 weight lifting : 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

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Other Words from squat

Adjective

squatly adverb
squatness noun

Examples of squat in a Sentence

Verb

He squatted behind the bush to avoid being seen. A family has been squatting in that house for months.

Noun

He didn't do squat all day. She lives in a squat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Both Kate and Prince William are known for squatting down to get on children’s eye level while speaking with them, especially with their own kids — Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Receives Her Most Epic Bow Yet from Adorable Little Girl — See Her Reaction!," 12 Aug. 2019 Once a cesspool of vice and prostitution, the neighborhood was reclaimed in the early 1900s by squatting artists. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion," 18 June 2019 Part of what grabbed P&G's attention was a viral photo of Donte Palmer, with his child in his lap squatting to change his son’s diaper. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Pampers to install 5,000 diaper changing stations in men's restrooms in the next 2 years," 11 June 2019 Of course, listening to and talking with your child involves more than just squatting down to eye level. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Prince William Crouches Down When He Talks to His Kids — Here's Why You Should Too," 6 June 2019 The image shows Ben LeClere holding a shotgun, as his frat brother John Lowe squats underneath the sign. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Ole Miss Students Who Posed With Guns In Front Of Emmett Till Memorial Suspended From Frat," 26 July 2019 His Kappa Alpha fraternity brother, John Lowe, squats below the sign. Jerry Mitchell, USA TODAY, "3 students posed with guns in front of Emmett Till's memorial. They could face a civil rights investigation," 25 July 2019 The Kang squats are the first slide in this post: The Kang squat is a combination of two lower-body strength moves. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "All About the Kang Squat, Rumer Willis’s Go-to Glute-Strengthening Move," 3 Apr. 2019 Jump squats How to do it: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Gabrielle Kassel, Health.com, "6 Exercises To Get A Bigger Butt," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But mom Kate put her expert squat and chat skills to the test, immediately calming her royal toddler down and putting a smile on her face. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "The Real Reason Princess Charlotte Adorably Stuck Out Her Tongue at Will and Kate’s Sailing Event," 21 Aug. 2019 Some were bulbous and squat or sent out twisted arms or grew in tortured, constipated shapes. Los Angeles Times, "Welcome to the Cactus & Succulent Show, the Comic-Con of the cactus world," 13 Aug. 2019 Baldy seemed all the more indomitable and gorgeous in the presence of man’s squat and belchy ugliness. New York Times, "Welcome to America’s Newest National Park. Don’t Mind the Power Plant.," 17 July 2019 Of course, even with the faith and 100 percent buy-in from the clubhouse, a manager isn’t squat without the performance of his players. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: Credit Bud Black’s steely demeanor for keeping Rockies on track amid roller-coaster first half," 3 July 2019 The doctors didn’t know diddly squat, and the motion sickness pills don’t work worth a damn. Bill Andrews, Discover Magazine, "Apollo Astronauts, in Their Own Words," 20 May 2019 That’s what happened at 2650 Magnolia St., a squat brick structure near McClymonds High School in West Oakland. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland shuttered artist warehouses after Ghost Ship. Cannabis may take the rest," 11 Aug. 2019 Upholstered in plush beige fabric and set on a swivel base, the Moving Mountains Puffer chair is squat with a curvy back. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Cute furniture is a reprieve from our age of anxiety," 7 Aug. 2019 The first circuit started with a squat/shoulder press/triceps extension combo using 5-lb. Hannah Harper, Health.com, "I Worked Out With Ashley Graham—and My Abs Were on Fire," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Grouse, the squat, round cousins of the chicken, are legion at Balmoral, and hunting parties have long been a royal pastime. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Meghan Markle Won't Go Grouse-Hunting at Balmoral This Year," 16 Aug. 2019 Bring both feet back to starting position and explode up to do another jump squat. SELF, "No-Equipment Cardio Burner," 28 Apr. 2019 Exercises might include wide knee squats, lunge-type stretching and bridge poses. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Climber Still Seeking New Peaks Later in Life," 26 Jan. 2019 Many of the fake Facebook pages and Instagram accounts have followings in the hundreds of users or appear designed to squat on the Libra name for later use, while others offer production values high enough to potentially fool a typical user. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "Facebook’s Libra currency spawns a wave of fakes, including on Facebook itself," 22 July 2019 There were long, deep steps; short, fast sprints; and plenty of hands-free, glute-busting squats, all in time with upbeat dance music. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Miracle Performance enters VersaClimber arena with ‘MP Climb’: Stretching Out," 7 June 2019 Send your hips back and bend knees to drop into a squat, allowing knees to bend to at least 90 degrees. SELF, "Final Strength Push, Plus 4-Minute Finisher," 28 Apr. 2019 On Tuesday morning, the 18 students from Wilson and Rea elementary schools enrolled in the program performed a series of kicks and demonstrated horse stance — a low, wide squat — as part of the summer camp’s opening ceremony. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Taekwondo summer camp kicks its way into Costa Mesa," 24 July 2019 Goblet squat to overhead press Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, hands at shoulder height, elbows bent, and a kettlebell in hands. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health.com, "Hit All Your Major Muscles With This 6-Move Kettlebell Workout," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of squat

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for squat

Verb

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

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squat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of squat

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of squat (Entry 2 of 3)

: short and thick

squat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of squat (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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
US slang : the least amount : anything at all
chiefly British : an empty building that squatters live in

squat

verb
\ ˈskwät How to pronounce squat (audio) \
squatted; squatting

Kids Definition of squat

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

squat

adjective
squatter; squattest

Kids Definition of squat (Entry 2 of 3)

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

squat

noun

Kids Definition of squat (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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