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Definition of "squat" []

  • To sit in a crouching position with knees bent and the buttocks on or near the heels. (verb-intransitive)
  • To crouch down, as an animal does. (verb-intransitive)
  • To settle on unoccupied land without legal claim. (verb-intransitive)
  • To occupy a given piece of public land in order to acquire title to it. (verb-intransitive)
  • To put (oneself) into a crouching posture. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "squat" in a sentence
  • "The hope was to revive the city's 19th-century fabric, but the result has been block after block of plain squat structures, many desi gned, much to their chagrin, by the world's greatest architects. illustration by Jean-Manuel Duvivier After taking in the model, I went upstairs to have a chat with his successor, a Swiss architect named Regula L ü scher, who had been Z ü rich's city planner before she came here."
  • "Ha, I don't want to hear squat from the DUMOCRATS who like the crooked Clinton Family, the Idiot Pelosi, the Scmuck Obama, and the flaming Barney Frank."
  • "So it's unlikely we'll hear squat from the Cheneys now that their most loyal supporters are using gay people like Mary to gay-bait John Kerry."