- knee bend
Other Word Forms of Squat
Origin of Squat
Middle English squatten from Old French esquatir to crush es- intensive pref. (from Latin ex- ex–) quatir to press flat (from Vulgar Latin coāctīre) (from Latin coāctus) (past participle of cōgere to compress) (co- co-) (agere to drive ag- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English squatten, from Old French esquatir, from Latin coactus, perfect passive participle of cōgō (“force together, compress").
The sense "nothing" may by a source or a derivation of diddly-squat.
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