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Princeton's WordNet

  1. knee bend, squat, squattingnoun

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

  2. jack, doodly-squat, diddly-squat, diddlysquat, diddly-shit, diddlyshit, diddly, diddley, squat, shitnoun

    a small worthless amount

    "you don't know jack"

  3. squat, squattingadjective

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

  4. chunky, dumpy, low-set, squat, squatty, stumpyadjective

    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"

  5. squat, underslungverb

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

  6. squat, crouch, scrunch, scrunch up, hunker, hunker downverb

    sit on one's heels

    "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"

  7. squatverb

    be close to the earth, or be disproportionately wide

    "The building squatted low"

  8. squatverb

    occupy (a dwelling) illegally


  1. squatnoun

    A position assumed by bending deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.

  2. squatnoun

    A specific exercise in weightlifting performed by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, especially with a barbell resting across the shoulders.

  3. squatnoun

    A toilet used by squatting as opposed to sitting (Wikipedia entry).

  4. squatnoun

    A building occupied without permission, as practiced by a squatter.

  5. squatnoun

    Something of no value; nothing.

    I know squat about nuclear physics.

  6. squatnoun

    A small vein of ore.

  7. squatnoun

    A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar.

  8. squatverb

    To bend deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.

  9. squatverb

    To exercise by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, while bearing weight across the shoulders or upper back.

  10. squatverb

    To occupy or reside in a place without the permission of the owner.

  11. squatadjective

    Relatively short or low and thick or broad

  12. Etymology: From squatten, from esquatir, from coactus, perfect passive participle of cogo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Squatadjective

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Him there they found,
    Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve. John Milton.

    Her dearest com’rades never caught her
    Squat on her hams. Jonathan Swift.

    The squill-insect is so called from some similitude to the squill-fish: the head is broad and squat. Nehemiah Grew.

    Alma in verse, in prose, the mind,
    By Aristotle ’s pen defin’d,
    Throughout the body squat or tall,
    Is bonâ fide, all in all. Matthew Prior.

  2. Squatnoun

    A stitch-fall’n cheek that hangs below the jaw;
    Such wrinkles as a skilful hand would draw
    For an old grandam ape, when with a grace
    She sits at squat, and scrubs her leathern face. Dryden.

    Bruises, squats and falls, which often kill others, can bring little hurt to those that are temperate. George Herbert.

  3. Squatnoun

    A sort of mineral.

    The squat consists of tin ore and spar incorporated. John Woodward.

  4. To Squatverb

    To sit cowering; to sit close to the ground.

    Etymology: quattare, Italian.


  1. squat

    A squat is a physical exercise where one lowers their hips from a standing position and then stands back up. In strength training, it's often done as a weightlifting exercise with a barbell. In informal usage, "squat" can also refer to an empty, abandoned place occupied by squatters, or signify doing or achieving nothing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squatnoun

    the angel fish (Squatina angelus)

  2. Squatverb

    to sit down upon the hams or heels; as, the savages squatted near the fire

  3. Squatverb

    to sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or rabbit

  4. Squatverb

    to settle on another's land without title; also, to settle on common or public lands

  5. Squatverb

    to bruise or make flat by a fall

  6. Squatadjective

    sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching

  7. Squatadjective

    short and thick, like the figure of an animal squatting

  8. Squatnoun

    the posture of one that sits on his heels or hams, or close to the ground

  9. Squatnoun

    a sudden or crushing fall

  10. Squatnoun

    a small vein of ore

  11. Squatnoun

    a mineral consisting of tin ore and spar

  12. Etymology: [OE. squatten to crush, OF. esquater, esquatir (cf. It. quatto squat, cowering), perhaps fr. L. ex + coactus, p. p. of cogere to drive or urge together. See Cogent, Squash, v. t.]


  1. Squat

    In strength training, the squat is a compound, full body exercise that trains primarily the muscles of the thighs, hips and buttocks, quads, hamstrings, as well as strengthening the bones, ligaments and insertion of the tendons throughout the lower body. Squats are considered a vital exercise for increasing the strength and size of the legs and buttocks, as well as developing core strength. Isometrically, the lower back, the upper back, the abdominals, the trunk muscles, the costal muscles, and the shoulders and arms are all essential to the exercise and thus are trained when squatting with the proper form. Squats are one of the three lifts in the strength sport of powerlifting.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Squat

    skwot, v.i. to sit down upon the hams or heels: to cower, as an animal: to settle on new land without title:—pr.p. squat′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. squat′ted.adj. short and thick, dumpy, clumsy.—ns. Squatoc′racy, the squatters of Australia collectively; Squat′ter, a settler on new land without title: one who leases pasture-land from the government; Squat′tiness.—v.i. Squat′tle (Scot.), to squat down.—adj. Squat′ty, very short and thick. [O. Fr. esquatir, to crush—L. ex-, coactus, pa.p. of cogĕre, to drive together.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squat in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of squat in a Sentence

  1. Denis Volkov:

    People do n’t want to go and protest ; first, because it might be dangerous, and second, because they see it as a futile enterprise, what are we supposed to do ? Our opinion means diddly squat.

  2. Deepak Chopra:

    Skeptics squat by the road like guardians of truth, letting no one pass who doesn't come up to scratch. They never realize that they can see only what their paradigm tells them to look for. If you judge a person only by how well he plays pool, Mozart won't pass scrutiny, but the fault is in your lens.

  3. Simon Cheng:

    I was hung (handcuffed and shackled) on a steep X-Cross doing a spread-eagled pose for hours after hours, sometimes, they ordered me to do the 'stress tests', which includes extreme strength exercise such as 'squat' and 'chair pose' for countless hours. They beat me every time I failed to do so using something like sharpened batons.

  4. Kolleen Losch:

    We have to be able to do a squat that's safe and effective for when you're sitting in a chair, getting into a car, getting off the couch, those are all functional movements.

  5. Steve McMichael:

    I know what it feels like to go in the weight room and do a set of three with 725 pounds on the squat rack, now? When I get up and try to move? It feels like I’m doing 1,000 (expletive) pounds. And it’s just exhausting straining that hard.

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  • dřep, dřepnoutCzech
  • besætteDanish
  • hocken, besetzen, Hocke, Kniebeuge, besetztes HausGerman
  • κάθομαι σταυροπόδι, [[κάνω]] [[κατάληψη]]Greek
  • okupa, okupar, rechoncho, acurrucarse, ocupar, cuclillas, agacharse, sentadilla, cuclilla, acuclillarseSpanish
  • kyykistyä, vallata, paksu, rikkaa ristiin, kyyristyä, höykäsen pöläystä, [[kyykyssä]] [[oleva]], kyykkykäymälä, kyykky, jalkakyykky, kyykkivä, [[vallattu]] [[rakennus]]Finnish
  • s'accroupir, squat, trapu, squatterFrench
  • guggolHungarian
  • occupare, edificio occupato, casa occupataItalian
  • 蹲る, しゃがむJapanese
  • noho tīneinei, hīteki, noho tītengi, noho hītengitengiMāori
  • gedrongen, kraken, kraakpand, hurkenDutch
  • przysiad, skłot, ubikacja kucana, kucki, kucać, squat, kucnąć, ubikacja narciarskaPolish
  • agachar-se, agachamento, cócoras, ocupaçãoPortuguese
  • ничего, присесть, садиться на корточки, приседать, приземистый, коренастый, сесть на корточкиRussian
  • ockupera, låg, ockuperad, knäböj, sitta på huk, hukSwedish
  • بیٹھنےUrdu
  • Chinese

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