If you crouch down very low and sit on your heels, you squat. If you have to talk to a small child, you might have to squat to talk face-to-face.

The verb squat also means to illegally occupy a building — especially to live in it. If you own vacant property, you need to be careful that someone doesn't decide to squat in the empty house. As an adjective, squat describes someone who is very short and thick. In the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the dwarfs are depicted as squat little men.

Definitions of squat

v sit on one's heels

“In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting
crouch, hunker, hunker down, scrunch, scrunch up
Type of:
sit, sit down
be seated

v be close to the earth, or be disproportionately wide

“The building squatted low”
Type of:
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v occupy (a dwelling) illegally

Type of:
lodge in, occupy, reside
live (in a certain place)

adj short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature

“a little church with a squat tower”
chunky, dumpy, low-set, squatty, stumpy
little, short
low in stature; not tall

adj having a low center of gravity; built low to the ground

literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension

n the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels

Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location

n exercising by repeatedly assuming a crouching position with the knees bent; strengthens the leg muscles

knee bend, squatting
Type of:
leg exercise
exercise designed to strengthen the leg muscles

n a small worthless amount

diddley, diddly, diddly-squat, diddlysquat, doodly-squat, jack
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

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