[sits-kreeg, zits-]


slow-moving warfare marked by repeated stalemate.

Origin of sitzkrieg

1935–40; < German, equivalent to sitz(en) to sit1 + Krieg war; modeled on blitzkrieg Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sitzkrieg



a period during a war in which both sides change positions very slowly or not at all

Word Origin for sitzkrieg

C20: from German, from sitzen to sit + Krieg war
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Word Origin and History for sitzkrieg

1940, "static warfare" (such as prevailed in Europe in the winter of 1939-40), R.A.F. coinage on analogy of blitzkrieg (q.v.), from German sitz "a sitting."

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