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From Middle English squatten, from Old French esquatir, escatir (compress, press down, lay flat, crush), from es- (ex-) + quatir (press down, flatten), from Vulgar Latin *coactire (press together, force), from Latin coactus, perfect passive participle of cōgō (force together, compress).

The sense “nothing” may be the source or a derivation of diddly-squat.


From English squat.