[ sit-uhp ]
/ ˈsɪtˌʌp /


an exercise in which a person lies flat on the back, lifts the torso to a sitting position, and then lies flat again without changing the position of the legs: formerly done with the legs straight but now usually done with the knees bent.

Origin of sit-up

First recorded in 1835–45; noun use of verb phrase sit up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sit-up

  • It seemed as if the very rabbits must come and sit-up there, the jays and pigeons settle above; everything in all the wood gather.

    Tatterdemalion|John Galsworthy