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[bey-bee-sit] /ˈbeɪ biˌsɪt/
verb (used without object), baby-sat, baby-sitting.
to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
verb (used with object), baby-sat, baby-sitting.
to baby-sit for (a child):
We've placed an ad for someone to baby-sit the youngsters in the evening.
to take watchful responsibility for; tend:
It will be necessary for someone to baby-sit the machine until it is running properly.
Origin of baby-sit
Related forms
baby-sitter, babysitter, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for babysitting
  • Similar fears have been voiced about future babysitting robots.
  • They sit around, retired, consuming goods and services and produce nothing but the occasional turn at babysitting.
  • Or seniors offering options for drop-off babysitting.
  • For example, someone might trade babysitting for lawn care, or an old computer monitor for a box spring.
  • They have smarter appliances, combinations of washer and driers that did not need much babysitting.
  • babysitting robots, once the province of speculative fiction, are on the market.
  • Soon the play dates had turned into a babysitting exchange and shared meals with their families.
  • They are the ones who have been tending our lawns and cleaning our homes and babysitting our children.
  • Trading equally and eternal babysitting are two different things.
  • Cribs and high chairs are available, and babysitting services can be arranged through the resort.
British Dictionary definitions for babysitting


verb -sits, -sitting, -sat
(intransitive) to act or work as a baby-sitter
Derived Forms
baby-sitting, noun, adjective
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Slang definitions & phrases for babysitting


  1. To attend and care for a child, or by extension, for anyone or anything: Which is why she has one of us baby-sitting twenty-four hours a day (1940s+)
  2. To be a guide and companion to someone undergoing a psychedelic drug experience

[1960s+ narcotics; back formation from baby-sitter, ''nursemaid, nanny,'' attested before 1940]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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