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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sightseer

traveler, tourist, traveller, visitor, observer, wanderer, voyager

Examples from the Web for sightseer

Historical Examples of sightseer

  • But better than palaces are the picture-galleries, three of which are open to the sightseer.


    Charles Dudley Warner

  • In Tucumn itself, there is nothing of interest for the sightseer.

  • Even in the places most frequented by the sightseer they do not abound in any profusion.

    Europe Revised

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • But taken as a whole, for the sightseer Madrid is just a weariness of the spirit.

    Heroic Spain

    Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly

  • It was at its worst as a sight, and I at mine as a sightseer.

    No Hero

    E.W. Hornung

British Dictionary definitions for sightseer


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

informal to visit the famous or interesting sights of (a place)
Derived Formssightseer, noun
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