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 On Wednesday, Somers posted the photo of herself squatting naked in a field of tall grass. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Suzanne Somers Shares a Photo in Her Birthday Suit to Ring in Her 73rd Birthday," 17 Oct. 2019 The Dirtybird Talent Show From a Sriracha chugger, to a breakdancer, to a guy who squatted Claude VonStroke on his shoulders, the Dirtybird Talent Show is a barrage of odds-and-ends talents, and a favorite among Campout attendees. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Breakdancing, Bingo & Bass: The 10 Best Moments of Dirtybird Campout West Coast 2019," 7 Oct. 2019 Jackson Drake had to spend a recent ride home from Parkville Middle School squatting on the floor of his school bus. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Bus driver shortage leaves some Maryland students squatting in the aisles and sitting on each other’s laps," 19 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Her routine includes kettlebell squat presses (three sets of 10 reps each), kettlebell swings (three sets of 15 reps each), and kettlebell lift-and-lunge (three sets of five reps each, on each side). Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Halle Berry Shares Photo of 6-Pack Abs on Instagram—and Her Fans are Freaking Out," 8 Nov. 2019 In a commission hearing last month, the girl described how she was told to get completely naked and squat in front of a female police officer. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Girls as young as 12 strip searched by Australian police: official statistics," 7 Nov. 2019 Fish, squat lobsters and other scavengers picked at the carcass. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "Living whales are worth an enormous amount of money," 4 Nov. 2019 There might not be an offensive coordinator better equipped to withstand the crushing pressure. Because, well, how many coaches can claim a personal-best squat record of 750 pounds? Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "‘He can get medieval or he can finesse’: Why Greg Roman’s Ravens offense is built to take on the Patriots," 1 Nov. 2019 Chief among those: it’s really portable, with a squat candle-like shape that’s just 104mm high and 95.3mm wide. Jeff Dunn And Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Our favorite accessories for iPhones and iPads," 30 Oct. 2019 Round with a squat neck, mostly green with some red. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "Pears are the unheralded stars of the fall fruit bounty. Here’s how to choose and use them.," 26 Oct. 2019 The cells were crowded, with triple-decker bunk beds, squat toilets, small windows and ceiling fans. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Our Reporter Walked Into a Prison Full of ISIS Detainees," 22 Oct. 2019 On my last visit to the original location, I was particularly taken with the dahi puri ($5.99), where squat and crackly fried puri are topped with creamy chickpeas, sweet tamarind, tangy yogurt and bright green chutney. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "10 don’t-miss Indian restaurants in Chicago’s suburbs, and our go-to orders," 17 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This isn’t some strange occurrence of the Trump era, but something Alabama voters have shown many times over many years — endorsements and coattails don’t count for squat in this state, and Alabama voters are unafraid of contradiction. al, "In Alabama, support for Trump and Sessions are not mutually exclusive things," 30 Oct. 2019 This past offseason Sabercats football coach Todd Casebier brought his players in to rep 225 pounds on squats. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Meet Jordan Jackson, the one-handed Castle View star who never took no for an answer," 27 Sep. 2019 The clinic, in a squat building flanked by palm trees, was soon churning through hundreds of patients each month. Del Quentin Wilber, latimes.com, "12 million pills and 700 deaths: How a few pill mills helped fan the U.S. opioid inferno," 14 June 2019 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

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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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17 Nov 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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