verb (squats, squatting, squatted)
- 1 [no object] Crouch or sit with one’s knees bent and one’s heels close to or touching one’s buttocks or the back of one’s thighs: I squatted down in front of himMore example sentences
- The older boy squatted down on his heels and waited.
- After 35 years of plumbing and heating work, I was having trouble bending my knees and squatting under sinks.
- I squatted down beside him and offered him water.
- 1.1 [with object] Weightlifting Crouch down in a squat and rise again while holding (a specified weight) at one’s shoulders: he can squat 850 poundsMore example sentences
- You just squatted your heaviest-ever weight.
- Below are the equations you can use to predict how much weight you can squat for 10 reps.
- "To start, I could hardly squat 25 pounds, " admits Mary.
- 2 [no object] Unlawfully occupy an uninhabited building or settle on a piece of land: eight families are squatting in the houseMore example sentences
occupy illegally, set up residence, dwell, settle, live
- Mrs Kapijimpanga, however, cautioned the residents against squatting on land that has been unlawfully acquired.
- In the 1990s, it helped slum residents in Bombay to claim the land they were squatting on and turn it into a proper residential estate with running water and electricity.
- I bloody well hope that he knows these people are squatting on his land.
- 2.1 [with object] Occupy (an uninhabited building) unlawfully.More example sentences
- The trauma of resisting developers had seen him end up in a geriatric hospital and his friends had quickly moved in to squat the house.
- I'd like to give big thanks and love to Mike for allowing us to squat his luxury pad for the week.
- But the group made its biggest splash by breaking into an empty shop and squatting it as a ‘social centre’.
adjective (squatter, squattest)Back to top
- Short and thickset; disproportionately broad or wide: he was muscular and squat a squat gray houseMore example sentences
- The face is characteristically square or broad with a short neck, often giving a squat appearance.
- I look at the ugly, squat houses and try to imagine being locked in them (along with my entire family) for months on end.
- Close to where I had been sitting the light picked out a squat toad about the size of a small teapot.
nounBack to top
- 1 [in singular] A position in which one’s knees are bent and one’s heels are close to or touching one’s buttocks or the back of one’s thighs.More example sentences
- She fell back into a squat from the kneeling position he had raised her to.
- From this starting position, sit down into a squat.
- Catch the ball, drop into a squat, then spring up, tossing your partner the ball.
- 1.1 Weightlifting An exercise in which a person squats down and rises again while holding a barbell at shoulder level.More example sentences
- Strong and flexible calves play an important stabilizing role in exercises like the squat, the deadlift and the clean.
- If you want to be a powerlifter, then there are specific training regimens you can follow to increase your poundage for your bench, squat and deadlift.
- Keep the dumbbell centered between your knees as you descend into a deep squat, keeping your head up and low back slightly arched.
- 1.2(In gymnastics) an exercise involving a squatting movement or action.More example sentences
- The squat is one of the best exercises to develop and define the front of the thigh, glute and hamstring muscles.
- What better way to ‘ease’ back into gym life than with squats and lunges.
- So I've decided to compromise, cutting out the carbs at night and doing squats in the living-room.
- 2North American • informal short for diddly-squat. I didn’t know squat about writing playsMore example sentences
- You coach doesn't know squat so don't take advice from him.
- Why hire a " swim specialist " who doesn't know squat about triathlon?
- If he can't be seen by the public, his ability doesn't mean squat.
- 3chiefly British A building occupied by people living in it without the legal right to do so.More example sentences
- Many are of ‘no fixed abode’, either living in squats or at established protest camps at airports or proposed roads.
- The relationship had deteriorated and she had become depressed, ending up living in squats in Bristol.
- They got used to us living in squats and living for free.
- 3.1An unlawful occupation of an uninhabited building.More example sentences
- 144 Piccadilly next door was the site of a famous squat in the troubled summer of 1969.
- If the squat is successful, the occupied building will become a self-managed social housing and community centre.
- But talk of large, illegal squats by visiting protesters is already beginning, with parks, streets, riverbanks and even an abandoned hospital as potential targets.
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- He rose from the chair and crossed the room to a shadowed corner where a large safe sat squatly.
- Sitting squatly in the beachfront park, the Big Penguin is rumoured to be the largest penguin in the world.
- But there, on the green strip, a seagull stood squatly.
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- For all his seeming squatness, his movements were precise, and his hands in particular were small and sinewy.
- The French bulldog breed is prone to several conditions and congenital diseases the most common of these being problems relating to breathing due to the squatness of their face.
- The addition of the larger screen and video capabilities are nice but I'm not keen on the squatness and I particularly dislike the colors.
Middle English (in the sense 'thrust down with force'): from Old French esquatir 'flatten', based on Latin coactus, past participle of cogere 'compel' (see cogent). The current sense of the adjective dates from the mid 17th century.