AskDefine | Define squat

Dictionary Definition

squat adj
1 short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature; "some people seem born to be square and chunky"; "a dumpy little dumpling of a woman"; "dachshunds are long lowset dogs with drooping ears"; "a little church with a squat tower"; "a squatty red smokestack"; "a stumpy ungainly figure" [syn: chunky, dumpy, low-set, squatty, stumpy]
2 having a low center of gravity; built low to the ground [syn: underslung]


1 exercising by repeatedly assuming a squatting position; strengthens the leg muscles [syn: knee bend, squatting]
2 a small worthless amount; "you don't know jack" [syn: jack, diddly-squat, diddlysquat, diddly-shit, diddlyshit, diddly, diddley, shit]
3 the act of assuming or maintaining a squatting position [syn: squatting]


1 sit on one's heels; "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm" [syn: crouch, scrunch, scrunch up, hunker, hunker down]
2 be close to the earth, or be disproportionately wide; "The building squatted low"
3 occupy (a dwelling) illegally [also: squatting, squatted, squattest, squatter]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • [skwɒt]
  • [skwQt]
  • Rhymes: -ɒt


  1. Relatively short or low and thick or broad


  1. A building occupied without permission, as practiced by a squatter.
  2. A position assumed by bending deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
  3. A toilet used by squatting as opposed to sitting (Wikipedia entry).
  4. : A specific exercise in weightlifting performed by bending deeply at the knees and then rising.
  5. Something of no value; nothing.
    He didn't do squat to help.


occupied building
position assumed by bending deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet


  1. To bend deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
  2. To occupy without permission.


to bend at the knees
to occupy without permission

Extensive Definition

The word squat, squatter or squatting can refer to:
squat in French: Squat

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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