Etymology: Middle English squatten to crush, crouch in hiding, from Middle French (Picard dialect) esquatir, escuater, from Old French es- ex- + quatir to hide, from Vulgar Latin *coactire to squeeze, alteration of Latin coactare to compel — more at cache
Date: 15th century
1. to cause (oneself) to crouch or sit on the ground
2. to occupy as a squatter <squat in an abandoned building> intransitive verb 1. to crouch close to the ground as if to escape observation <a hare squatting in the grass> 2. to assume or maintain a position in which the body is supported on the feet and the knees are bent so that the buttocks rest on or near the heels 3. to be or become a squatter II. adjective (squatter; squattest) Date: 15th century 1. sitting with the haunches close above the heels 2. a. low to the ground b. marked by disproportionate shortness or thickness • squatly adverb • squatness noun III. noun Date: 1580 1. a. the act of squatting b. the posture of one that squats 2. a. a place where one squats b. the lair of a small animal <the squat of a hare> 3. a lift in which a standing weight lifter drops to a squatting position and then rises to an upright position while holding a barbell on the shoulders; also a competitive event involving this lift 4. chiefly British an empty house or building that is occupied by squatters 5. slang diddly-squat
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.