- a person or thing that squats.
- a person who settles on land or occupies property without title, right, or payment of rent.
- a person who settles on land under government regulation, in order to acquire title.
Origin of squatter
- to sit in a low or crouching position with the legs drawn up closely beneath or in front of the body; sit on one's haunches or heels.
- to crouch down or cower, as an animal.
- to settle on or occupy property, especially otherwise unoccupied property, without any title, right, or payment of rent.
- to settle on public land under government regulation, in order to acquire title.
- Nautical. (of a vessel, especially a power vessel) to draw more water astern when in motion forward than when at rest.
- to cause to squat.
- to occupy (property) as a squatter.
- (of a person, animal, the body, etc.) short and thickset.
- low and thick or broad: The building had a squat shape.
- seated or being in a squatting position; crouching.
- the act or fact of squatting.
- a squatting position or posture.
- a weightlifting exercise in which a person squats and then returns to an erect position while holding a barbell at the back of the shoulders.
- Nautical. the tendency of a vessel to draw more water astern when in motion than when stationary.
- Slang. doodly-squat.
- a place occupied by squatters.
Origin of squat
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Examples from the Web for squatter
And thanks to the heavy police presence, the squatter houses were quiet, too.In Rome’s Riots, Cries for Mussolini and Attacks on Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 14, 2014
The bakery she had founded was now occupied by a squatter who had never heard of the structure's former incarnation.Philanthropy's Transformer
March 9, 2010
The panic excited by the squatter skunk had been another lesson.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
As I said in the court-room the squatter trials are but farces.
She could not finish the sentence for the squatter had pressed her to him convulsively.
"It air time fer me to go, Tess," murmured the squatter in her ear.
The squatter covered the white fingers with tears and kisses.
- a person who occupies property or land to which he has no legal title
- (in Australia)
- (formerly) a person who occupied a tract of land, esp pastoral land, as tenant of the Crown
- a farmer of sheep or cattle on a large scale
- (in New Zealand) a 19th-century settler who took up large acreage on a Crown lease
- to rest in a crouching position with the knees bent and the weight on the feet
- to crouch down, esp in order to hide
- law (tr) to occupy land or property to which the occupant has no legal title
- weightlifting to crouch down to one's knees and rise to a standing position while holding (a specified weight) behind one's neck
- Also: squatty (ˈskwɒtɪ) short and broada squat chair
- a squatting position
- weightlifting an exercise in which a person crouches down and rises up repeatedly while holding a barbell at shoulder height
- a house occupied by squatters
Word Origin and History for squatter
"settler who occupies land without legal title," 1788, agent noun from squat (v.); in reference to paupers or homeless people in uninhabited buildings, it is recorded from 1880.
early 15c., "crouch on the heels," from Old French esquatir "press down, lay flat, crush," from es- "out" (from Latin ex-) + Old French quatir "press down, flatten," from Vulgar Latin *coactire "press together, force," from Latin coactus, past participle of cogere "to compel, curdle, collect" (see cogent). Related: Squatted; squatting. Slang noun sense of "nothing at all" first attested 1934, probably suggestive of squatting to defecate. The adjective sense of "short, thick" dates from 1620s.