- 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.
squatter definition by Webster's New World
- 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.
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
- 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: Middle English squatten ; from Middle French esquatir ; from es- (L ex-), intensive plush 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