squat Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “squat” in the English Dictionary

"squat" in British English

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uk   /skwɒt/  us   /skwɑːt/ (-tt-)

squat verb (SIT)

[I] to ​position yourself ​close to the ​groundbalancing on the ​frontpart of ​yourfeet with ​yourlegsbent under ​yourbody: She squatted on the ​ground and ​warmed her ​hands by the ​fire. He squatted down and ​examined the ​frontwheel of his ​bike.

squat verb (LIVE)

[I or T] to ​live in an ​emptybuilding or ​area of ​land without the ​permission of the ​owner: They squatted (in) an ​oldhouse in King's Cross when ​theirmoneyran out.


uk   /skwɒt/  us   /skwɑːt/ (squatter, squattest)
short and ​wide, usually in a way that is not ​attractive: a ​row of ​ugly, squat ​houses a ​heavilybuilt, squat man


uk   /skwɒt/  us   /skwɑːt/

squat noun (SITTING)

[C] a squatting ​position or ​exercise

squat noun (PLACE TO LIVE)

[C] the ​place that you ​live in when you are squatting: They're ​living in a ​damp squat with no ​electricity.

squat noun (ANYTHING)

[U] US slang anything: She shouldn't ​talk - she doesn't ​know squat about it. His ​opinion isn't ​worth squat.
(Definition of squat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"squat" in American English

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squatverb [I]

 us   /skwɑt/ (-tt-)

squat verb [I] (SIT)

to ​position yourself ​close to the ​ground by bending ​yourlegs under you and ​balancing on the ​frontpart of ​yourfeet: He squatted down and ​picked up some ​pebbles.

squatadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /skwɑt/ (-tt-)

squat adjective [-er/-est only] (SHORT)

short and ​wide: Mickey was a squat, ​dark man with a ​raggedbeard.
(Definition of squat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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