or house-sit

[ hous-sit ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌsɪt /

verb (used without object), house·sat, house·sit·ting.

to take care of a house or residence while the owner or occupant is temporarily away, especially by living in it.

Origin of housesit

1975–80; house + sit1, on the model of baby-sit

Related forms

house sitter, house-sit·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for house-sit


verb -sits, -sitting or -sat (intr)

to live in and look after a house during the absence of its owner or owners

Derived Forms

house-sitter, noun
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