Definition of squat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skwɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skwɑːt//
    Renting a home
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  1. 1(especially British English) a building that people are living in without permission and without paying rent to live in a squat See related entries: Renting a home
  2. 2a squatting position of the body
  3. 3= squat thrust
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘thrust down with force’): from Old French esquatir ‘flatten’, based on Latin coactus, past participle of cogere ‘compel’, from co- ‘together’ + agere ‘drive’ The current sense of the adjective dates from the mid 17th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: squat