sightseeing

[ sahyt-see-ing ]
/ ˈsaɪtˌsi ɪŋ /

noun

the act of visiting and seeing places and objects of interest.

adjective

seeing, showing, or used for visiting sights: a sightseeing bus.

Origin of sightseeing

First recorded in 1840–50; sight + seeing

Definition for sightseeing (2 of 2)

sightsee

[ sahyt-see ]
/ ˈsaɪtˌsi /

verb (used without object)

to go about seeing places and things of interest: In Rome, we only had two days to sightsee.

verb (used with object)

to go about seeing the major sights of: We had only two days to sightsee Rome.

Origin of sightsee

1825–35; back formation from sightseer or sightseeing
Related formssight·se·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sightseeing (1 of 2)

sightseeing

/ (ˈsaɪtˌsiːɪŋ) /

noun informal

  1. the activity of visiting the famous or interesting sights of a place
  2. (as modifier)sightseeing trip

British Dictionary definitions for sightseeing (2 of 2)

sightsee

/ (ˈsaɪtˌsiː) /

verb -sees, -seeing, -saw or -seen

informal to visit the famous or interesting sights of (a place)
Derived Formssightseer, noun
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Word Origin and History for sightseeing

sightseeing


n.

also sight-seeing, 1821, from sight (cf. sights) + present participle of see (v.). Sight-see (v.) is from 1824. Sight-seer first recorded 1821.

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