- The definition of a squatter is a person who occupies a building without a legal right to be there.
A person who moves into an abandoned building and starts living there without permission is an example of a squatter.
- a person or animal that squats, or crouches
- ☆ a person who settles on public or unoccupied land
- a person who occupies illegally a vacant house, building, etc.
- One who squats, sits down idly.
- One who occupies a building or land without title or permission. [From 1788.]
- (Australia, historical) One who occupied Crown land. [From 1828.]
- (Australia, historical) A large-scale grazier and landowner.
- (informal) A kind of Asian toilet where the user squats instead of sitting.
In Australian historical usage, the distinction between the senses of occupier of Crown land and large scale landowner is often blurred; many of the original illegal landholders became rich and, as a group, politically powerful.
squatter - Computer Definition
- Someone who illegally occupies another person's vacant house or building, or settles on another person's vacant land.
- A person who registers a domain name on the World Wide Web (WWW) that mimics the copyrighted, trademarked, or service-marked name of a company specifically for the purpose of selling it to the rightful owner. See also domain name and WWW.
Variant of squat
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