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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English squatten, from Old French esquatir, escatir ‎(compress, press down, lay flat, crush), from es- ‎(ex-) + quatir ‎(press down, flatten), from Vulgar Latin *coactire ‎(press together, force), from Latin coactus, perfect passive participle of cōgō ‎(force together, compress).

The sense "nothing" may by a source or a derivation of diddly-squat.



squat ‎(comparative squatter, superlative squattest)

  1. Relatively short or low and thick or broad
    • (Can we date this quote?) Robert Browning
      the round, squat turret
    • (Can we date this quote?) Grew
      The head [of the squill insect] is broad and squat.
    • 1927, H. P. Lovecraft, The Colour Out of Space
      On the gentle slopes there are farms, ancient and rocky, with squat, moss-coated cottages brooding eternally over old New England secrets in the lee of great ledges []
  2. Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Milton
      Him there they found, / Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve.


Weightlifter performing a squat.

squat ‎(plural squats)

  1. A position assumed by bending deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
    • 2006, Yael Calhoun and Matthew R. Calhoun, Create a Yoga Practice for Kids, page 72:
      Sit in a squat, with your feet a comfortable distance apart.
  2. (weightlifting): A specific exercise in weightlifting performed by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, especially with a barbell resting across the shoulders.
    • 2001, Robert Wolff, Robert Wolff's Book of Great Workouts, page 58-59:
      The king of all quad exercises, and arguably the best single-weight resistance exercise, is the squat.
  3. A toilet used by squatting as opposed to sitting; a squat toilet.
  4. A building occupied without permission, as practiced by a squatter.
    • 1996 July 8, Chris Smith, "Live Free or Die", in New York Magazine‎, page 36:
      " [] If you want to spend a night in a squat, it's all political to get in." Lately, as buildings have filled and become stringent about new admissions, much of the squatters' "My house is your house" rhetoric has become hollow.
  5. (slang) Something of no value; nothing.
    I know squat about nuclear physics.
    • 2003 May 6, "Dear Dotti", Weekly World News, volume 24, number 34, page 23:
      We didn't ask for rent, but we assumed they'd help around the house. But they don't do squat.
  6. (obsolete) A sudden or crushing fall.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Herbert to this entry?)
  7. (mining) A small vein of ore.
  8. A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Woodward to this entry?)
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squat ‎(third-person singular simple present squats, present participle squatting, simple past and past participle squatted)

  1. To bend deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
  2. (weightlifting) To exercise by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, while bearing weight across the shoulders or upper back.
    • 1994, Kurt, Mike, & Brett Brungardt, The Complete Book of Butt and Legs, page 161
      For those who are having, or have had, trouble squatting we suggest learning how to squat by performing the front squat [] The front squat allows you almost no alternative but to perform the exercise correctly.
  3. To occupy or reside in a place without the permission of the owner.
    • 1890, Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives , chapter VII
      Huddled together in loathsome files, they squat there over night, or until an inquisitive policeman breaks up the congregation with his club, which in Mulberry Street has always free swing.
  4. To sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or rabbit.
  5. (dated) To bruise or flatten by a fall; to squash.
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Etymology 2[edit]


squat ‎(plural squats)

  1. The angel shark (genus Squatina).

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.



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From English squat



squat m ‎(plural squats)

  1. squat, building occupied without permission, as practiced by a squatter
    taper un squat, to squat an apartment, do stupid and useless things.
  2. uninvited presence in a building or place (the result of which can be welcomed)
    on va taper un squat chez Jérôme ?
    • let's crash Jérôme's place
  3. squat effect
    Parmi les inconvénients du squat, la modification de l'écoulement des filets d'eau, perturbé par la proximité du fond, provoque des difficultés de gouverne, des vibrations, et une diminution de la vitesse.
  4. (weightlifting) squat
    C'est Vlad Alhazov qui détient le record du monde au squat, avec 1250lbs (566,99 kilo).

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