Definition of


  1. (noun, act) exercising by repeatedly assuming a crouching position with the knees bent; strengthens the leg muscles
  2. (noun, quantity) a small worthless amount
  3. (noun, act) the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels
  4. (verb, contact) sit on one's heels
    The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm
  5. (verb, stative) be close to the earth, or be disproportionately wide
  6. (verb, stative) occupy (a dwelling) illegally
  7. (adj, all) short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature
    a dumpy little dumpling of a woman
    dachshunds are long lowset dogs with drooping ears
    a little church with a squat tower
    a squatty red smokestack
    a stumpy ungainly figure
  8. (adj, all) having a low center of gravity; built low to the ground

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Squat

  1. c.1410, "crouch on the heels," from O.Fr. esquatir "press down, lay flat, crush," from es- "out" (from L. ex-) + O.Fr. quatir "press down, flatten," from V.L. *coactire "press together, force," from L. coactus, pp. of cogere "to compel, curdle, collect" (see cogent). Slang sense of "nothing at all" first attested 1934, probably s… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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