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sitter

[sit-er] /ˈsɪt ər/
noun
1.
a person who sits.
2.
a brooding hen.
3.
a person who stays with young children while the parents go out; baby-sitter.
4.
a person who provides routine or custodial care temporarily or part-time, as for an elderly person or a pet whose owner is on vacation.
5.
Slang. the buttocks; rump.
Origin of sitter
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see sit1, -er1

Sitter

[sit-er] /ˈsɪt ər/
noun
1.
Willem de
[wil-uh m duh] /ˈwɪl əm də/ (Show IPA),
1872–1934, Dutch astronomer and mathematician.
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  • Never before had I contended with any sitter half as restless as that wonderful old lady.

    After Dark Wilkie Collins
  • But they are not allowed to dispose of the portraits of others, without the sitter's permission.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • He has a sitter at three—a lady of the highest society, who wishes her visits to remain unsuspected.

    The Woman Gives Owen Johnson
  • But the first syllable of the sitter's name has been its only constant.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • Whoever the sitter may have been, the painting is an amazing example of dexterity of hand and acute observation.

    Artists Past and Present Elisabeth Luther Cary
  • Endeavour to look at the subject or sitter from which you are painting, as if it was a picture.

    Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies
  • Light may be conveniently admitted from above: air requires to be admitted on the level of the sitter.

British Dictionary definitions for sitter

sitter

/ˈsɪtə/
noun
1.
a person or animal that sits
2.
a person who is posing for his or her portrait to be painted, carved, etc
3.
a broody hen or other bird that is sitting on its eggs to hatch them
4.
(in combination) a person who looks after a specified person or thing for someone else: flat-sitter
5.
short for baby-sitter
6.
anyone, other than the medium, taking part in a seance
7.
anything that is extremely easy, such as an easy catch in cricket

Sitter

/ˈsɪtə/
noun
1.
Willem de (ˈwɪləm də). 1872–1934, Dutch astronomer, who calculated the size of the universe and conceived of it as expanding
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Word Origin and History for sitter
n.

c.1300, "one that sits," agent noun from sit (v.). As short for baby-sitter from 1937.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sitter

sit shotgun

verb phrase

To sit in the passenger seat of a car; ride shotgun: I sat shotgun in my pop's flower truck (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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