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squat (v.)

mid-14c., "to crush;" early 15c., "crouch on the heels," from Old French esquatir, escatir "compress, press down, lay flat, crush," from es- "out" (see 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). Meaning "to settle on land without any title or right" is from 1800. Related: Squatted; squatting.

squat (adj.)

early 15c., "crouch on the heels, in a squatting position," from squat (v.)). Sense of "short, thick" dates from 1620s.

squat (n.)

c. 1400, "bump, heavy fall," from squat (v.). Meaning "posture of one who squats" is from 1570s; that of "act of squatting" is from 1580s. Slang noun sense of "nothing at all" first attested 1934, probably suggestive of squatting to defecate. Weight-lifting sense is from 1954.

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Definitions of squat
1
squat (v.)
sit on one's heels;
Synonyms: crouch / scrunch / scrunch up / hunker / hunker down
squat (v.)
be close to the earth, or be disproportionately wide;
squat (v.)
occupy (a dwelling) illegally;
2
squat (n.)
exercising by repeatedly assuming a crouching position with the knees bent; strengthens the leg muscles;
Synonyms: knee bend / squatting
squat (n.)
a small worthless amount;
Synonyms: jack / doodly-squat / diddly-squat / diddlysquat / diddly-shit / diddlyshit / diddly / diddley / shit
squat (n.)
the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels;
Synonyms: squatting
3
squat (adj.)
short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature;
a little church with a squat tower
Synonyms: chunky / dumpy / low-set / squatty / stumpy
squat (adj.)
having a low center of gravity; built low to the ground;
Synonyms: underslung
From wordnet.princeton.edu