- 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.
A person who moves into an abandoned building and starts living there without permission is an example of a squatter.
- 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.
From squat +"Ž -er.
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.
- A cyber squatter, who hoards tons of semi-desirable domain names in the hope of having one of them turn out to be the next hot buzzword, might be tougher, but don't give up.
- In 1849 the Illinois legislature demanded that its representatives and senators should vote for the prohibition of slavery in the Mexican cession, but next year this sentiment in Illinois had grown much weaker, and, both there and in Congress, Douglas's name was soon to become identified with the so-called " popular sovereignty " or " squatter sovereignty " theory, previously enunciated by Lewis Cass, by which each territory was to be left to decide for itself whether it should or should not have slavery.
- In the third place, the rejection of the Wilmot Proviso and the acceptance (as regards New Mexico and Utah) of "Squatter Sovereignty" meant the adoption of a new principle in dealing with slavery in the territories, which, although it did not apply to the same territory, was antagonistic to the Missouri Compromise of 1820.
- His residence in Louisiana, his ownership of a large plantation with its slaves, and his family connexion with Jefferson Davis (who had married his daughter), rendered him more acceptable to many of the Southern Democrats than their party candidate, Lewis Cass, an advocate of " squatter sovereignty " and the representative of the democracy of the free North-west.