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squatter (n.)

"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.

updated on November 28, 2012

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Definitions of squatter from WordNet

squatter (n.)
someone who settles lawfully on government land with the intent to acquire title to it;
Synonyms: homesteader / nester
squatter (n.)
someone who settles on land without right or title;
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