squat

squat
squat1 [skɔwt US skwa:t] v past tense and past participle squatted present participle squatting
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: esquatir, from quatir [i]'to press', from Vulgar Latin coactire 'to press together', from Latin cogere; COGENT]
1.) to sit with your knees bent under you and your bottom just off the ground, balancing on your feet
squat down
He squatted down beside the little girl.
2.) to live in a building or on a piece of land without permission and without paying rent
squat 2
squat2 adj
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: squat 'in a squatting position' (15-19 centuries), from an old past participle of SQUAT1]
short and thick or low and wide, especially in a way which is not attractive
squat stone cottages
a squat little old man
squat 3
squat3 n
[Sense: 1-2; Date: 1500-1600; Origin: SQUAT1]
[Sense: 3; Date: 1900-2000; Origin: diddlysquat; DIDDLY]
1.)
a squatting position
2.) BrE
a house that people are living in without permission and without paying rent
She lives in a squat in Camden.
3.) [U] AmE informal nothing, or nearly nothing. Squat is often used in negative sentences for emphasis
He had a job that paid him squat.
You don't know squat about it.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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