[ skwot-er ]
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  1. a person or thing that squats.

  2. a person who settles on land or occupies property without title, right, or payment of rent.

  1. a person who settles on land under government regulation, in order to acquire title.

Origin of squatter

First recorded in 1775–85; squat + -er1

Other words from squatter

  • squat·ter·dom, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for squatter


/ (ˈskwɒtə) /

  1. a person who occupies property or land to which he has no legal title

  2. (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

  1. (in New Zealand) a 19th-century settler who took up large acreage on a Crown lease

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