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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: esquatir, from quatir 'to press', from Vulgar Latin coactire 'to press together', from Latin cogere; COGENT

squat

1 verb
     
squat
squat1 past tense and past participle squatted, present participle squatting [intransitive]
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

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