Following is a quote (emphasis mine) from the novel, "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins:
"My laptop is on the floor next to my bed; it sits there, a squat, accusatory presence."
What does "squat" refer to in this context?
Dictionary provides the following two meanings:
- "crouch or sit with one's knees bent and one's heels close to or touching one's buttocks or the back of one's thighs"
Wonder how will a laptop squat?!
- "unlawfully occupy an uninhabited building or settle on a piece of land"
The girl in question owns the laptop, which is lying next to her bed, which is in a home she rents. So definitely the laptop isn't occupying that place illegally.
So what exactly does it mean?