[ bey-bee-sit ]
/ ˈbeɪ biˌsɪt /
verb (used without object), ba·by-sat, ba·by-sit·ting.
to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
verb (used with object), ba·by-sat, ba·by-sit·ting.
to baby-sit for (a child): We've placed an ad for someone to baby-sit the youngsters in the evening.
to take watchful responsibility for; tend: It will be necessary for someone to baby-sit the machine until it is running properly.
PRACTICE SOME ESCAPISM WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!
We salute you if you remember all the doovers from Word of the Day between May 25 and May 31!
Question 1 of 7
Origin of baby-sit
First recorded in 1945–50
OTHER WORDS FROM baby-sitba·by-sit·ter, ba·by·sit·ter, noun
Words nearby baby-sit
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
Example sentences from the Web for baby-sitter
So then I went to the home of the person I normally have for a baby-sitter.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for baby-sitter (1 of 2)
a person who takes care of a child or children while the parents are out
British Dictionary definitions for baby-sitter (2 of 2)
verb -sits, -sitting or -sat
(intr) to act or work as a baby-sitter
Derived forms of baby-sitbaby-sitting, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012