- squat thrust,
- squatter sovereignty,
- squatter's right,
Origin of squatter
verb (used without object), squat·ted or squat, squat·ting.
verb (used with object), squat·ted or squat, squat·ting.
adjective, squat·ter, squat·test.
Origin of squat
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|DAILY BEAST
The bakery she had founded was now occupied by a squatter who had never heard of the structure's former incarnation.
A sudden turn of the trail revealed a squatter's hut built of rough lumber, and standing beneath a live-oak.Bunch Grass|Horace Annesley Vachell
The little man did not reply, but made the usual scrawl in his book, while the squatter hastened to agree with the fat man.Three Elephant Power|Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
She wished she might greet her squatter friends as of yore, but her heart was sad and lay stonelike in her breast.The Secret of the Storm Country|Grace Miller White
The squatter's judgment was bad--that is plain; but his heart was right.Following the Equator, Part 3|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
"No, my boy, but I bought my run from a squatter," he answered.Jean, Our Little Australian Cousin|Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
- (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
verb squats, squatting or squatted (intr)
Word Origin for squat
"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.