- sitter, willem de,
- sitting bull,
- sitting duck,
- sitting on a powder keg,
- sitting pretty,
- sitting room
Origin of sitting
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.
- to take a seat.
- to descend to a sitting position; alight.
- to take up a position, as to encamp or besiege: The military forces sat down at the approaches to the city.
- to attend or take part as a visitor or temporary participant: to sit in at a bridge game; to sit in for the band's regular pianist.
- to take part in a sit-in.
- to inquire into or deliberate over: A coroner's jury was called to sit on the case.
- Informal.to suppress; silence: They sat on the bad news as long as they could.
- Informal.to check or rebuke; squelch: I'll sit on him if he tries to interrupt me.
- to stay to the end of: Though bored, we sat out the play.
- to surpass in endurance: He sat out his tormentors.
- to keep one's seat during (a dance, competition, etc.); fail to participate in: We sat out all the Latin-American numbers.
- to rise from a supine to a sitting position.
- to delay the hour of retiring beyond the usual time.
- to sit upright; hold oneself erect.
- Informal.to become interested or astonished: We all sat up when the holiday was announced.
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Examples from the Web for sitting
And it might be what Islamists complain about while sitting in their caves.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And there are these three or four very mean Mexicans sitting next to us.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I couldn't have imagined that I would actually be sitting with him, coincidentally at age 30, discussing the same issue.
Both impart the experience of sitting with brilliant Cubans over a rum to debate the State of Cuban Intellectual Life.
So I’m sitting with my daughter and all of her friends—who are 13—and she says ‘Dad, can I be honest with you?
Mrs. Palmer alone was absent from her guests, sitting at the telephone.The Relentless City|Edward Frederic Benson
Martha Phipps, sitting next to Galusha, stirred and uttered an impatient exclamation under her breath.Galusha the Magnificent|Joseph C. Lincoln
It seemed heartless to be sitting down in comfort to so good a supper while her father was in she knew not how great distress.Crooked Trails and Straight|William MacLeod Raine
When she turned round at last, she saw him sitting on the sofa, his cheeks wet with tears.Married|August Strindberg
A stroll, too, would be pleasanter than sitting indoors, don't you think?The Shadow of the Rope|E. W. Hornung
verb sits, sitting or sat (mainly intr)
- to wait patiently; bide one's time
- to maintain one's position, stand, or opinion firmly
Word Origin for sit
early 13c., verbal noun from sit (v.). Meaning "a meeting of a body" is from c.1400. Meaning "interval during which one sits" (for some purpose, especially to have one's portrait taken) is from 1706. Sitting-room first recorded 1771. Slang sitting duck "easy target" first recorded 1944; literal sense is from 1867 (it is considered not sporting to shoot at one).
Old English sittan "to occupy a seat, be seated, sit down, seat oneself; remain, continue; settle, encamp, occupy; lie in wait; besiege" (class V strong verb; past tense sæt, past participle seten), from Proto-Germanic *setjan (cf. Old Saxon sittian, Old Norse sitja, Danish sidde, Old Frisian sitta, Middle Dutch sitten, Dutch zitten, Old High German sizzan, German sitzen, Gothic sitan), from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
With past tense sat, formerly also set, now restricted to dialect, and sate, now archaic; and past participle sat, formerly sitten. In reference to a legislative assembly, from 1510s. Meaning "to baby-sit" is recorded from 1966.
To sit back "be inactive" is from 1943. To sit on one's hands was originally "to withhold applause" (1926); later, "to do nothing" (1959). To sit around "be idle, do nothing" is 1915, American English. To sit out "not take part" is from 1650s. Sitting pretty is from 1916.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sit
- sit at one's feet
- sit back
- sit bolt upright
- sit by
- sit down
- sit in
- sit on
- sit on one's hands
- sit out
- sit pretty
- sit through
- sit tight
- sit up
- sit well with
- at a sitting