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 The largest iteration of Audrey II squats upon the stage like a mammoth, leprous frog — a spectacle that is practically worth the price of admission all by itself. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "Lyric Stage’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is a garden of grisly delights," 6 Sep. 2019 For me, this helps with the potential of someone pulling up in a van and squatting somewhere that causes an inconvenience for residents. al, "Fairhope council overrides mayor’s veto on sleeping in vehicles," 26 Aug. 2019 Sharing a photograph of herself appearing to make a FaceTime call, Carey posted a photo of herself squatting — in a dress, heels and plenty of jewelry — next to a small popcorn stand. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Mariah Carey Reveals She's 'Only Been with 5 People in My Life': 'I'm Kind of a Prude'," 9 July 2019 The initiative went viral in October 2018, when Donte Palmer posted a picture of himself squatting against a wall in a Jacksonville, Florida restroom, using his legs as a makeshift changing table for his 1-year-old son. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Pampers pledges to install 5,000 baby changing tables in men's restrooms across the U.S.," 11 June 2019 More than a dozen men squatted there and looked at me. Sandra Sidi, The Atlantic, "The Male Gaze on Steroids," 6 Sep. 2019 Um Khalil said in the apartment of a distant acquaintance, where her remaining family was squatting. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "What ‘Victory’ Looks Like: A Journey Through Shattered Syria," 20 Aug. 2019 The man stops at the top of the stairs, turns and squats — Olympic weightlifting-style — and places the TV on the porch, its screen turned toward the door. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Someone left old TVs outside 50 homes in Virginia while wearing a TV on his head. No one knows why.," 14 Aug. 2019 That’s where founding instructors guided 20 Houston socials through planks and burpees, push-ups and bicep curls, squats and lunges. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Megan Cushing helps open Barry’s Bootcamp Houston, the ‘best workout in the world’," 10 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The peppers are gorgeous squat things, somewhere between a golf ball and a shooter marble in size, with a Scoville rating of between 2,500 and 5,000 heat units, a bit milder than jalapeños. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Farmers Market Guide: Cherry Bomb peppers aren’t as explosive as you’d think," 14 Sep. 2019 After 6 hours of slow headway, the river dead ends into a squat hill, more a pile of mud than an actual geological feature. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019 Konrad Dantas emerges from a row of squat houses with a tall black gate and no sign out front. Shasta Darlington, Billboard, "How KondZilla Took Funk Out of the Favelas and Into the Mainstream," 18 July 2019 How to do it: Start in a half-squat position, with your feet hip-width apart. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "7 Exercises for Stronger Hamstrings," 13 Sep. 2019 Part of the roadrunner’s diet is small birds, and some mornings one would seemingly ignore me and squat down just below the hummingbird feeder. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Highlight of morning is visit with special guest," 31 Aug. 2019 The prison’s squat, grey buildings hold 214 death-row inmates. The Economist, "What it’s like to spend half a life in solitary confinement," 5 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The objective is to complete different physical challenges, from a range of squats, yoga poses, running, high knees and more, to finally confront the dragon at the end of the game. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Nintendo wants people to work out with a new piece of fitness hardware," 12 Sep. 2019 Once a week, young women from the Baltimore County school gathered for a grueling training session of squats, pullups and sprints. Washington Post, "For this former NFL player’s foundation, a new focus on empowering Baltimore’s young women," 10 Sep. 2019 The day of their first class, at Dragonfly Yoga, both came in with sore quadriceps after a day of squats. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The Insatiable Curiosity of Jonathan Taylor Drives His Relentless Dominance," 6 Sep. 2019 Once a week, young women from the Baltimore County school gathered for a grueling training session full of squats, pull-ups and sprints. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "For this former NFL player’s foundation, a new focus on empowering Baltimore’s young women," 30 Aug. 2019 The Wave Wall is a great spot to pop-a-squat and capture South Florida’s iconic palm trees, white sand and blue waters. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Picture perfect: 12 South Florida spots that are sure to make you Instagram famous," 9 July 2019 Posey, who has two years remaining on his contract, had hip surgery last August and was back in the squat by Opening Day. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Why Giants’ Buster Posey still gets benefit of doubt in frustrating year," 13 Sep. 2019 Marvel loyals have probably seen him in behind the scenes footage, walking in a squat to mimic his character's diminutive stature. Scott Huver, CNN, "Sean Gunn helped launch Rocket Raccoon and now he's flying high," 17 Aug. 2019 Across Italy, some 10,000 migrants and refugees are living in squats. The New York Review of Books, "Caitlin L. Chandler," 28 Jan. 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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20 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for squat

The first known use of squat was in the 15th century

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squat

verb
How to pronounce squat (audio)

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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