[ sit-uh-pon, -pawn ]

  1. a piece of waterproof fabric or other material carried by campers, hikers, etc., and used for sitting on wet surfaces.

  2. Chiefly British Informal. the buttocks.

Origin of sit-upon

First recorded in 1835–45; noun use of verb phrase sit upon

Words Nearby sit-upon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sit-upon in a sentence

  • All the boys sit upon the floor with their legs curled up beneath them.

    Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
  • They greeted her with joy, spread a soft skin for her to sit upon, and gave her the best food.

  • The provost and his men bade him sit upon a bench, and the man then bound his feet as he had before bound his hands.

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
  • Some animals, like the rhino and the eland, have tick birds that sit upon their backs and eat the ticks.

    In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
  • And Crawley hid his face, and pointed wildly to whereabouts they were to sit upon the phantom.