We're short of chairs here, among other trifles, but if you'll do me the favour to sit upon the bed—'
Ah, Morny was the man to sit upon your rascally republicans!
If a Sudra presumed to sit upon a Brahmin's carpet, his punishment was banishment.
Say he may not sit upon the throne of Armenia, will he suffer from that as we shall suffer?
Around this furniture were drawn ropes so no one could touch it or sit upon the chairs.
He discovered how hard the lid of a block-tin case was to sit upon.
Cosimo I left a long line of descendants to sit upon his grand-ducal throne.
Their saddles furnish a pillow at night, and their cloth a carpet to sit upon.
Edith Wayne, too, preferred to walk through the groves or sit upon the grassy promontory.
She would go with Jupillon and sit upon the slope of the embankment.
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.