- 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.
The sense "nothing" may by a source or a derivation of diddly-squat.
- The angel shark (genus Squatina).