sitting

[ sit-ing ]
/ ˈsɪt ɪŋ /
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noun

adjective

Idioms

    sitting pretty, in an auspicious position: He's been sitting pretty since he got that new job.

Origin of sitting

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at sit1, -ing1, -ing2

Definition for sitting (2 of 3)

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

Origin of sit

1
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
Can be confusedset sit (see usage note at set)

Usage note

See set.

Definition for sitting (3 of 3)

sit

2
[ sit ]
/ sɪt /

verb

(in prescriptions) may it be.

Origin of sit

2
From Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for sitting (1 of 3)

sitting

/ (ˈsɪtɪŋ) /

noun


adjective

British Dictionary definitions for sitting (2 of 3)

SIT

/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

stay in touch

British Dictionary definitions for sitting (3 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
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Idioms and Phrases with sitting

sit

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

also see:

  • at a sitting

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