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
Synonyms for squat
Examples from the Web for squatter
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of squatter
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.
- (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.