- The act or general practice of occupying a building or land illegally.
- Present participle of squat.
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
to cause to squat: usually reflexive
- 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