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  1. a person who sits.
  2. a brooding hen.
  3. a person who stays with young children while the parents go out; baby-sitter.
  4. a person who provides routine or custodial care temporarily or part-time, as for an elderly person or a pet whose owner is on vacation.
  5. Slang. the buttocks; rump.
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Origin of sitter

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at sit1, -er1


  1. Wil·lem de [wil-uh m duh] /ˈwɪl əm də/, 1872–1934, Dutch astronomer and mathematician.
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Related Words for sitter

custodian, attendant, superintendent, sitter, assistant, therapist, medic, administrator, supervisor, chief, curator, director, manager, inspector, controller, warden, keeper, janitor, steward, overseer

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Contemporary Examples of sitter

Historical Examples of sitter

  • But they are not allowed to dispose of the portraits of others, without the sitter's permission.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • For an illustration let us turn to the artist and his sitter.

  • Long and dreary may be the days of the sitter, but the hour of his reward will come at last.


    Charles James Lever

  • Not only have I had a sitter for this picture, but he is alive and hearty at the hour I am writing.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • But the first syllable of the sitter's name has been its only constant.


    Beatrice Fortescue

British Dictionary definitions for sitter


  1. a person or animal that sits
  2. a person who is posing for his or her portrait to be painted, carved, etc
  3. a broody hen or other bird that is sitting on its eggs to hatch them
  4. (in combination) a person who looks after a specified person or thing for someone elseflat-sitter
  5. short for baby-sitter
  6. anyone, other than the medium, taking part in a seance
  7. anything that is extremely easy, such as an easy catch in cricket
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  1. Willem de (ˈwɪləm də). 1872–1934, Dutch astronomer, who calculated the size of the universe and conceived of it as expanding
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Word Origin and History for sitter


c.1300, "one that sits," agent noun from sit (v.). As short for baby-sitter from 1937.

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