babysitter






verb (used without object), ba·by-sat, ba·by-sit·ting.

  1. to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.

verb (used with object), ba·by-sat, ba·by-sit·ting.

  1. to baby-sit for (a child): We’ve placed an ad for someone to baby-sit the youngsters in the evening.
  2. to take watchful responsibility for; tend: It will be necessary for someone to baby-sit the machine until it is running properly.

verb -sits, -sitting or -sat

  1. (intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
n.

also baby-sitter, 1914, from baby (n.) + agent noun from sit (v.). Short form sitter is attested from 1937.

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