Adjective "Squat" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


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.
  1. 'I looked out the window and saw a furry brown monkey squatting on the roof of a nearby building.'
  2. 'This medical malaise incidentally is most suffered by wicket-keepers who have to squat hundreds of times a day during a match.'
  3. 'The older boy squatted down on his heels and waited.'
  4. '‘Well, lets go,’ I said turning around and squatting a little so she could hop on my back.'
  5. 'She was squatting by the fire wrapped in scarlet cloth, her shoulders draped in a soiled blanket.'
  6. 'Juana finishes cooking his breakfast and he squats by the fire to eat it.'
  7. 'Turning around to face the child, he squatted down to her level.'
  8. 'He squatted down so he could lift her up into his arms.'
  9. 'I squat on my heels, one hand on the wire door.'
  10. 'Feeling threatened she scrabbled backward when the man squatted down in front of her.'
  11. 'he can squat 850 pounds'
  12. 'Be certain to warm up before doing squats, deadlifts and military presses.'
  13. 'Below are the equations you can use to predict how much weight you can squat for 10 reps.'
  14. 'However, I was up to 165 lb on the squats, so that's pretty awesome.'
Unlawfully occupy an uninhabited building or settle on a piece of land.
  1. 'As the military dictatorship began to lose power in 1981, families squatted on land in Solano and built barrios.'
  2. 'The agency has also agreed to rehabilitate ruined public buildings where nearly 800 families are squatting.'
  3. 'However, bands were increasingly occupying his time when he moved back to squat in west London.'
  4. 'So Kerry and Michael took the only option left to them - squatting in an empty house.'
  5. 'We have written a major proposal to rehabilitate the house in which we are illegally squatting.'
  6. 'Studio Sputnik started off when we squatted in an old attic of a building while we were still students.'
  7. 'She said she told the council her reasons for moving and swapped with the person who was living in the house in which she is now squatting.'
  8. 'Mrs Kapijimpanga, however, cautioned the residents against squatting on land that has been unlawfully acquired.'
  9. 'A member of York's alternative community, she was staying in the Bootham house after squatting at the White Swan Hotel in Piccadilly.'
  10. 'I bloody well hope that he knows these people are squatting on his land.'
  11. 'Clare, Briony, and the others had squatted the old council house'
  12. 'I'd like to give big thanks and love to Mike for allowing us to squat his luxury pad for the week.'
  13. 'Prior to the Oct. 26 march, OCAP released a statement giving notice of the buildings they intended to squat.'
  14. '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.'
  15. 'The house next door has been squatted by a nice bunch of young punks with seemingly endless supplies of dope.'
  16. 'The great expanse of unoccupied land available for squatting throughout southeastern Australia implied that the sheep could be left to wander.'
  17. 'The 1841 census shows the Connors family squatting at Queuck.'
  18. 'John McMillan, who is believed to have named the creek in the area Scotchmans Creek, squatted and grazed cattle.'


Short and thickset; disproportionately broad or wide.
  1. 'a squat grey house'
  2. 'Instead, the headquarters are situated in a squat, brick building which seems rather unglamorous for the world of radio.'
  3. 'He has good strength, and his squat build allows him to hold the point of attack.'
  4. 'Her squat, stone house is without electricity or running water.'
  5. 'He is a short, squat man who looks as if, were we to flick him over, he would roll right back up again.'
  6. 'The peninsula's westernmost point is barren Punta Campanella, a familiar site from Capri, with its squat Anjou watchtower.'
  7. 'Tyler came bearing a tray of bootleg whiskey and gin and poured them drinks in squat glass tumblers stained with unwashed fingerprints.'
  8. 'The main bar and dining area is done up in blonde wood and clean minimalist lines, with rows of high backed wooden chairs and squat stools lining a row of narrow bucket tables along one wall.'
  9. 'Paved footpaths and squat palm trees, yet to mature, line the main road.'
  10. 'The fruit, as you say, is black, very knobbly and it's a bit like a sort of squat fig with a pointy bit at the end and very, very hard, almost stone-like.'
  11. 'The city of Taos lies on the edge of the high desert in the Carson National Forest, amid squat juniper trees, prickly scrub grasses and towering evergreens.'


A squatting position.
  1. 'She fell back into a squat from the kneeling position he had raised her to.'
  2. 'She and eight other women were stripped, searched and then forced to do knee squats while naked.'
  3. 'Lower into a squat once again before jumping back to the start.'
  4. 'It feels like standing up from a squat while wearing a big, heavy hiking backpack.'
  5. 'Upon reaching the down position of a half squat, press the bar overhead without extending your legs.'
  6. 'Keep the dumbbell centered between your knees as you descend into a deep squat, keeping your head up and low back slightly arched.'
  7. 'The squat is one of the best exercises to develop and define the front of the thigh, glute and hamstring muscles.'
  8. 'So I've decided to compromise, cutting out the carbs at night and doing squats in the living-room.'
  9. 'Try squats and lunges if you are at home or leg extensions and lying leg curls if you're a member of a gym.'
A building occupied by people living in it without the legal right to do so.
  1. 'They found the partially clothed body of the man after entering the building, sometimes used as a squat by heroin addicts and the homeless, on Coke Lane off Arran Quay.'
  2. 'Italian police swept Genoa for arms and raided anarchist squats yesterday as three new bomb scares heightened security fears in the Italian city.'
  3. 'With the help of a neighbour, Jackson eventually escaped to London but instead of returning home to her mother, she drifted in and out of squats and slept rough for a while.'
  4. 'Those that could not afford to pay for hotels, hostels, or other forms of housing either camped in nearby parks or set up squats around the city in abandoned buildings.'
  5. 'Simone had left home and was living in squats in Clayton before she was found dead in November 1999.'
  6. 'Twenty-two years ago, I moved into a squat in the East Village.'
  7. 'The Victorian building had been divided into four flats and, together with the neighbouring house, was being used as squats.'
  8. 'The relationship had deteriorated and she had become depressed, ending up living in squats in Bristol.'
  9. 'Because the building is frequently used as a squat by the homeless, it was initially feared people may have been trapped inside.'
  10. 'Homes Not Jails is an organization that opens squats for homeless people and assists in legal and moral support.'
  11. 'this squat cost the ratepayer £46,000'
  12. '144 Piccadilly next door was the site of a famous squat in the troubled summer of 1969.'
  13. 'Clarke declined to reveal where the squat will take place.'
  1. 'You coach doesn't know squat so don't take advice from him.'
  2. 'If he can't be seen by the public, his ability doesn't mean squat.'


1. 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.

2. to crouch down or cower, as an animal.

3. to settle on or occupy property, especially otherwise unoccupied property, without any title, right, or payment of rent.

4. to settle on public land under government regulation, in order to acquire title.

5. Nautical. (of a vessel, especially a power vess

More examples(as adjective)

"bryonies can be squat with heads."

"people can be squat."

"towers can be squat."

"buildings can be squat."

"houses can be squat."

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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.