Pronunciation Adjective

squat (comparative squatter, superlative squattest)

  1. Relatively short or low, and thick or broad.
  2. sit#Verb|Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cower#Verb|cowering; crouch#Verb|crouching.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten books by John Milton. Licensed and Entred According to Order, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker under Creed Church neer Aldgate; and by Robert Boulter at the Turks Head in Bishopsgate-street; and Matthias Walker, under St. Dunstons Church in Fleet-street, OCLC 767532218 ↗, book IV; republished as Thomas Newton, editor, Paradise Lost. A Poem, in Twelve Books, 2nd edition, volume I, London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson [et al.], 1750, OCLC 642605710 ↗, page 324, lines 799–803 ↗:
      [H]im there they found, / Squat like a toad, cloſe at the ear of Eve, / Aſſaying by his deviliſh art to reach / The organs of her fancy', and with them forge / Illuſions as he liſt, phantaſms and dreams, […]
  • French: trapu
  • Russian: призе́мистый
  • Spanish: rechoncho (of a person), retaco

squat (plural squats)

  1. A position assumed by bending deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
  2. (exercise) Any of various modes of callisthenic exercises performed by moving the body and bending at least one knee.
    1. (weightlifting) A specific exercise in weightlifting performed by bending deeply at the knees and then rising (back squat), especially with a barbell resting across the shoulders (barbell back squat).
  3. A building occupied without permission, as practiced by a squatter.
  4. A place of concealment in which a hare spends time when inactive, especially during the day; a form.
  5. A toilet used by squatting as opposed to sitting; a squat toilet.
  6. (slang, North American) Clipping of diddly-squat#English|diddly-squat; something of no value.
    Synonyms: nothing, Thesaurus:nothing
    I know squat about nuclear physics.
  7. (obsolete) A sudden or crushing fall.
  8. (mining) A small vein of ore.
  9. A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar.
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: squat
  • German: besetztes Haus
  • Italian: edificio occupato, casa occupata
  • Portuguese: ocupação, okupa (colloquial)
  • Spanish: okupación, edificio okupado, casa okupada
  • Russian: ничего́

squat (squats, present participle squatting; past and past participle squatted)

  1. To bend deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
  2. (exercise) To perform one or more callisthenic exercises by moving the body and bending at least one knee.
    1. (weightlifting) To exercise by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, while bearing weight across the shoulders or upper back.
  3. To occupy or reside in a place without the permission of the owner.
  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.
Translations Translations Noun

squat (plural squats)

  1. The angel shark (genus Squatina).

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