sit

1
[ sit ]
/ sɪt /

verb (used without object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sit·ten; sit·ting.

verb (used with object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sit·ten; sit·ting.

Verb Phrases

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Idioms for sit

Origin of sit

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before 900; Middle English sitten, Old English sittan; cognate with Dutch zitten, German sitzen, Old Norse sitja; akin to Gothic sitan, Latin sedēre, Greek hézesthai (base hed-); cf. set, sedate, cathedral, nest

usage note for sit

See set.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sit

set sit (see usage note at set)

Definition for sit tight (2 of 2)

tight
[ tahyt ]
/ taɪt /

adjective, tight·er, tight·est.

adverb, tight·er, tight·est.

in a tight manner; closely; firmly; securely; tensely: Shut the door tight. The shirt fit tight across the shoulders.
soundly or deeply: to sleep tight.

Origin of tight

1400–50; late Middle English, sandhi variant of Middle English thight dense, solid, tight < Old Norse thēttr (cognate with Old English -thiht firm, solid, Dutch, German dicht tight, close, dense)

OTHER WORDS FROM tight

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British Dictionary definitions for sit tight (1 of 3)

SIT
/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

stay in touch

British Dictionary definitions for sit tight (2 of 3)

sit
/ (sɪt) /

verb sits, sitting or sat (mainly intr)

Word Origin for sit

Old English sittan; related to Old Norse sitja, Gothic sitan, Old High German sizzen, Latin sedēre to sit, Sanskrit sīdati he sits

British Dictionary definitions for sit tight (3 of 3)

tight
/ (taɪt) /

adjective

adverb

Derived forms of tight

tightly, adverbtightness, noun

Word Origin for tight

C14: probably variant of thight, from Old Norse thēttr close; related to Middle High German dīhte thick
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Idioms and Phrases with sit tight (1 of 3)

sit tight

Be patient, take no action, as in If you just sit tight I'm sure your passport will be returned to you. [Colloquial; first half of 1700s]

Idioms and Phrases with sit tight (2 of 3)

sit

Idioms and Phrases with sit tight (3 of 3)

tight

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