- The definition of squat is someone or something that is short and thick.
A short, stout person is an example of someone who would be described as squat.
- Squat is a position in which you are crouched with your knees bent and the backs of your feet almost touching your butt, or an exercise in which you bend in such a manner and then stand up again, sometimes while holding a weight.
- A crouched position is an example of a squat.
- An exercise where you get into a crouched position and then get up again is an example of a squat.
- Squat is to crouch down with your knees bent and your heels touching or close to your butt, or to move into a piece of property illegally.
- When you crouch down to a child's eye level, this is an example of a time when you squat.
- When you move into an apartment and start living there when you have no right to do so, this is an example of a time when you squat.
A grandfather squats down next to his grandchid.
intransitive verbsquatted, squatting
- to crouch so as to sit on the heels with the knees bent and the weight resting on the balls of the feet
- to crouch or cower close to the ground: said of an animal
- ☆ to settle on land, esp. public or unoccupied land, without right or title
- ☆ to settle on public land under regulation by the government, in order to get title to it
- to occupy illegally an empty, abandoned, or condemned house, building, apartment, etc.
Origin of squatMiddle English squatten ; from Middle French esquatir ; from es- (L ex-), intensive + quatir, to press flat ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form coactire ; from Classical Latin coactus, past participle of cogere, to force, compress: see cogent
- the act of squatting
- the position taken in squatting; crouching posture
- a dwelling used by a squatter
- ☆ Slang
- anything: used in a negative construction signifying “nothing or a very small amount”: he doesn't know squat about it
- Weight Lifting a type of exercise in which a person holding a barbell at shoulder height squats, then stands erect
verbsquat·ted, squat·ting, squats
- To sit in a crouching position with knees bent and the buttocks on or near the heels.
- To crouch down, as an animal does.
- To settle on unoccupied land without legal claim.
- To occupy a given piece of public land in order to acquire title to it.
- To put (oneself) into a crouching posture.
- To occupy as a squatter.
- Sports To lift (an amount of weight) when doing a squat.
- Short and thick; low and broad.
- Crouched in a squatting position.
- The act of squatting.
- A squatting or crouching posture.
- Sports A lift or a weightlifting exercise in which one squats and stands while holding a weighted barbell supported by the back of the shoulders.
- Chiefly British The place occupied by a squatter.
- The lair of an animal such as a hare.
- Slang A small or worthless amount; diddly-squat.
Origin of squatMiddle English squatten, from Old French esquatir, to crush : es-, intensive pref. (from Latin ex-; see ex–) + quatir, to press flat (from Vulgar Latin *coāctīre, from Latin coāctus, past participle of cōgere, to compress : co-, co- + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots).
(comparative squatter, superlative squattest)
- A position assumed by bending deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
- (weightlifting): A specific exercise in weightlifting performed by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, especially with a barbell resting across the shoulders.
- A toilet used by squatting as opposed to sitting; a squat toilet.
- A building occupied without permission, as practiced by a squatter.
- (slang) Something of no value; nothing.
- I know squat about nuclear physics.
- (mining) A small vein of ore.
- A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar.
(third-person singular simple present squats, present participle squatting, simple past and past participle squatted)
- To bend deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
- (weightlifting) To exercise by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, while bearing weight across the shoulders or upper back.
- To occupy or reside in a place without the permission of the owner.
- To sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or rabbit.
- (dated) To bruise or flatten by a fall; to squash.
From Middle English squatten, from Old French esquatir, from Latin coactus, perfect passive participle of cÅgÅ (“force together, compress").
The sense "nothing" may by a source or a derivation of diddly-squat.
- The angel shark (genus Squatina).
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.