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.
- squat·ter·dom, noun
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How to use squatter in a sentence
“I’m not a squatter, and I’ve never been a squatter,” Steve said.Residents Illegally Living in Foreclosed Escondido Home Face Eviction | Tigist Layne | June 6, 2022 | Voice of San Diego
Remains of the ancient squatters were preserved in rocks laid down as seafloor sediments about 500 million years ago in what is now southern China.
The squatters acted surprised but still took their sweet time to gather their things and leave.Advertisers will now get more data in Google Ads… sort of; Friday’s daily brief | Carolyn Lyden | September 10, 2021 | Search Engine Land
Examples of innovative activism have emerged, including a movement of socialist rural squatters distributing thousands of tons of food to hungry families.
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 DAILY BEAST
Many people remain stuck in all-black townships and fetid squatter camps, with no water, indoor toilets, or electricity.
The bakery she had founded was now occupied by a squatter who had never heard of the structure's former incarnation.
I don't know much about goats, so will pass them, though I very much doubt if any Australian squatter would give them grass room.Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900) | A. G. Hales
The friends strode briskly on, and a little after eleven o'clock they came upon a small squatter's house and premises.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
The twisting fingers entangled themselves in the tawny curls, drawing the squatter down until her face was almost in the box.
The old man amid the branches bent toward the squatter, and held out his waving arms.
Elias Graves' beautiful daughter sank on the breast of the squatter, and there was a kiss of forgiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for squatter
a person who occupies property or land to which he has no legal title
(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
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