Nearby words

  1. squash vine borer,
  2. squash-blossom,
  3. squashable,
  4. squashy,
  5. squassation,
  6. squat thrust,
  7. squatter,
  8. squatter sovereignty,
  9. squatter's right,
  10. squattocracy

Origin of squat

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English squatten < Old French esquater, esquatir, equivalent to es- ex-1 + quatir < Vulgar Latin *coactīre to compress, equivalent to Latin coāct(us), past participle of cōgere to compress (co- co- + ag(ere) to drive + -tus past participle suffix) + -īre infinitive suffix; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; (adj.) Middle English: in a squatting position, orig., past participle of the v.

Related formssquat·ly, adverbsquat·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for squat

squat

verb squats, squatting or squatted (intr)

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

adjective

Also: squatty (ˈskwɒtɪ) short and broada squat chair

noun

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
Derived Formssquatly, adverbsquatness, noun

Word Origin for squat

C13: from Old French esquater, from es- ex- 1 + catir to press together, from Vulgar Latin coactīre (unattested), from Latin cōgere to compress, from co- + agere to drive

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Word Origin and History for squat

squat

v.

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.

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