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squatter

noun

  1. (settler)  someone who settles lawfully on government land with the intent to acquire title to it
    Synonyms: homesteader, nester. Type of: settler
  2. (intruder)  someone who settles on land without right or title
    Type of: intruder

adjective

  1. (short)  short and thick; for example, having short legs and heavy musculature
    Synonyms: chunky, dumpy, low-set, squatty, stumpy, fubsy [Britain, informal]. Similar to: short
  2. (low)  having a low center of gravity; built low to the ground
    Synonyms: underslung. Similar to: low

Etymology summary

squat + -er.
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Squatting | squatter

consists of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied area of land and/or a building - usually residential - that the squatter does not own, rent or otherwise have lawful permission to use. Author Robert Neuwirth suggests that there are one billion... (40 of 10994 words, 25 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Squatting

Squat [disambiguation] | squatter | squatting

can refer to: Squat (exercise), a lower-body exercise in strength and conditioning | Squat toilet, a toilet used by squatting rather than sitting | Squatting position, a resting position where the weight of the body is on the feet | Cybersquatting... (38 of 275 words, 14 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

squatter

a person who occupies property or land to which he has no legal title | [in Australia] (formerly) a person who occupied a tract of land, especially ... (26 of 448 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/squatter

squat | squattest [of] | squatty [synonym, sense-specific] | squatly [adverb, derived]

to rest in a crouching position with the knees bent and the weight on the feet | to crouch down, especially in order to hide | [law, transitive] to ... (27 of 549 words, 8 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/squat

Britannica Encyclopedia:

squatter [Australian history]

in 19th-century Australian history, an illegal occupier of crown grazing land beyond the prescribed limits of settlement. The inroad of squatters ... (21 of 218 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/561757​/squatter

Wiktionary:

squatter | squatters [plural]

One who squats, sits down idly. | One who occupies a building or land without title or permission. (Australia, historical) One who occupied Crown land. (24 of 140 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/squatter

squat | squats [plural] | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | cowering [synonym, sense-specific] | nothing [synonym, sense-specific] | crouching [synonym, sense-specific]

Relatively short or low and thick or broad | Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching. | A position assumed by bending deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet. | [weightlifting] A specific exercise in ... (40 of 303 words, 14 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/squat

Oxford Dictionary:

squatter

a person who unlawfully occupies an uninhabited building or unused land | [North American, Australian, New Zealand, historical] : a settler with no ... (22 of 111 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/squatter

squat | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squats [3rd-person singular present] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative] | squatly [derived] | squatness [derived]

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 | [transitive, weightlifting] : ... (25 of 267 words, 11 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/squat

Merriam-Webster:

squatter [entry 1, verb]

to go along through or as if through water (9 of 27 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/squatter

squat [entry 1, verb] | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | couch [synonym, sense-specific] | huddle [synonym, sense-specific] | hunch [synonym, sense-specific] | hunker [synonym, sense-specific] | scrunch [synonym, sense-specific] | crouch [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to cause (oneself) to crouch or sit on the ground | to occupy as a squatter | to crouch close to the ground as if to escape observation | to assume or ... (29 of 179 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/squat

squatter [entry 2, noun]

one that squats: as ; one that settles on property without right or title or payment of rent ; one that settles on public land under government ... (27 of 58 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/squatter show=1

squat [entry 2, adjective] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative] | chunky [synonym, sense-specific] | dumpy [synonym, sense-specific] | heavyset [synonym, sense-specific] | stocky [synonym, sense-specific] | squatty [synonym, sense-specific] | stout [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

sitting with the haunches close above the heels | low to the ground ; marked by disproportionate shortness or thickness (19 of 122 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/squat show=1

squat [entry 3, noun] | diddly-squat [synonym, sense-specific] | beans [synonym, sense-specific] | bubkes [synonym, sense-specific] | continental [synonym, sense-specific] | damn [synonym, sense-specific] | darn [synonym, sense-specific] | diddly [slang, synonym, sense-specific] | doodley-squat [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the act of squatting ; the posture of one that squats | a place where one squats ; the lair of a small animal | a lift in which a standing weight ... (30 of 192 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/squat show=2

Random House Dictionary:

squatter

a person or thing that squats. | a person who settles on land or occupies property without title, right, or payment of rent. | a person who settles on ... (27 of 44 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/squatter

squat | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative] | a squatting position or posture [sense-specific] | doodly-squat [slang, synonym, sense-specific]

to sit in a low or crouching position with the legs drawn up closely beneath or in front of the body; sit on one's haunches or heels. | to crouch down ... (30 of 190 words, 15 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/squat

Cambridge Dictionary:

squatter

a person who lives in an empty building without permission | [Australian] someone in the past who took land which did not officially belong to them in ... (26 of 38 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squatter

squat [entry 1] | -tt- [past tense]

to position yourself close to the ground balancing on the front part of your feet with your legs bent under your body (22 of 52 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squat 1

squat [entry 2] | -tt- [past tense]

to live in an empty building or area of land without the permission of the owner (16 of 40 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squat 2

squat [entry 3] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative]

short and wide, usually in a way that is not attractive (11 of 25 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squat 3

squat [entry 4]

a squatting position or exercise (5 of 13 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squat 4

squat [entry 5]

the place that you live in when you are squatting (10 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squat 5

squat [entry 6, United States, slang]

anything (1 of 24 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squat 6

Macmillan British Dictionary:

squatter [countable] | squatters [plural]

someone who lives in a place without permission and without paying the owner (13 of 38 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/squatter

squat [intransitive] | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squats [3rd-person singular present] | squat down

"squat" or "squat down": to bend your knees and lower yourself towards the ground so that you balance on your feet | to live in a place without ... (27 of 62 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/squat

squat [noun] | squats [plural]

[countable, British] a house where people live without permission and without paying the owner | [countable] a position in which you are squatting on ... (23 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/squat 7

squat [adjective] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative]

wide and not very tall or high ; used about someone who is short and rather fat (17 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/squat 15

New World Dictionary:

squatter

a person or animal that squats, or crouches | [United States] a person who settles on public or unoccupied land | a person who occupies illegally a ... (25 of 29 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/squatter

squat | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative] | squatly [adverb, related] | squatness [noun, related]

to crouch so as to sit on the heels with the knees bent and the weight resting on the balls of the feet | to crouch or cower close to the ground: said ... (32 of 190 words, 13 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/squat

American Heritage Dictionary:

squat | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squats [3rd-person singular present] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative]

To sit in a crouching position with knees bent and the buttocks on or near the heels. | To crouch down, as an animal does. | To settle on unoccupied ... (28 of 191 words, 14 definitions, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

squatter | squatters [plural]

an illegal occupant of land or property, especially somebody who takes over and lives in somebody else's empty house | a person or animal that ... (24 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713220​/definition​.html  [offline]

squat [entry 1] | squats [plural] | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative]

to crouch down with the knees bent and the thighs resting on the calves | to crouch close to the ground like an animal, especially in order to avoid ... (28 of 200 words, 10 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713218​/definition​.html  [offline]

squat [entry 2, slang]

diddlysquat (1 of 14 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 701710054​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

squatter | squatters [plural]

Origin: squat + -er.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/squatter

squat | squats [plural] | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English squatten, from Old French esquatir, from Latin coactus, perfect passive participle of cōgō ("force together, compress").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/squat

-er

Origin: Middle English -er, -ere, from Old English -ere (agent suffix), from Proto-Germanic *-ārijaz... | Middle English -er, -ere, from Old English -ware (suffix denoting residency or meaning "inhabitant... (27 of 191 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-er

Merriam-Webster:

squatter [entry 1, verb]

First use: 1785

Origin: imitative

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/squatter

squat [entry 1, verb] | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English squatten to crush, crouch in hiding, from Middle French (Picard dialect) esquatir, escuater, from Old French ... (20 of 37 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/squat

Online Etymology:

squat

First use: early 15th century

Origin: "crouch on the heels", from Old French esquatir "press down, lay flat, crush", from es- "out" (from Latin ex-) + Old French ... (25 of 71 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=squat

American Heritage Dictionary:

squat | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squats [3rd-person singular present] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English squatten, from Old French esquatir, to crush: es-, intensive prefix (from Latin ex-; see ... (16 of 44 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/squat

Oxford Dictionary:

squat | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squats [3rd-person singular present] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "thrust down with force"): from Old French esquatir "flatten", based on Latin coactus, past participle of ... (21 of 37 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/squat

New World Dictionary:

squat | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English squatten from Middle French esquatir from es- (Latin ex-), intensive + quatir, to press flat from ... (18 of 32 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

squat

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French esquater, from es-ex-1 + catir to press together, from Vulgar Latin coactīre (unattested), from ... (19 of 27 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/squat

Encarta Dictionary:

squat [entry 1] | squats [plural] | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French esquatir "crush" from Latin coactus, past participle of cogere "force together"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713218​/definition​.html  [offline]

squat [entry 2, slang]

First use: Mid-20th century

Origin: Origin?

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 701710054​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

squat | squats [plural] | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "squat"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/squat

Collins Dictionary:

squatter

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "squatter"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/squatter

squat

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "squat"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

squatter [countable] | squatters [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "squatter"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/squatter

squat [intransitive] | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squats [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "squat"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/squat

squat [noun] | squats [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "squat"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/squat 7

squat [adjective] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "squat"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/squat 15

Macmillan American Dictionary:

squatter [countable] | squatters [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "squatter"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/squatter

squat [intransitive] | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squats [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "squat"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/squat

squat [noun] | squats [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "squat"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/squat 14

squat [adjective] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "squat"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/squat 7

Cambridge Dictionary:

squatter

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "squatter"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "squatter"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squatter

squat [entry 1] | -tt- [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "squat"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "squat"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/squat 1

the Free Dictionary:

squatter

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "squatter"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "squatter"

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squat

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "squat"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "squat"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "squat" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

squatter | squatters [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "squatter"

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squat | squats [plural] | squatted [past tense] | squatting [present participle] | squatter [comparative] | squattest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "squat"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

squatter

Audio: North American pronunciation of "squatter"

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squat

Audio: North American pronunciation of "squat"

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YourDictionary Audio:

squatter

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "squatter" by speech synthesizer

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squat

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