He was sitting upon the settle, and leaning his head upon his hand.
He was sitting upon a knoll, his hands clasped about his knees.
The Brigadier, sitting upon a rock overlooking the valley, would watch the battle unrolled at his feet.
In an instant I was sitting upon him, my dagger at his throat.
What a pretty green fly this is sitting upon the fence, with delicate gauzy wings looking like the most delicate lacework!
I was sitting upon the brim, and gazing down into the whirlpool.
Samson is sitting upon the lion he tamed with the jawbone of an ass, and holds the strange weapon in his hand.
While sitting upon her eggs, the swan is exceedingly watchful and shy.
Two young girls, about twelve, are sitting upon a bench in a public garden.
She was sitting upon the verandah, amongst her flowers, herself the sweetest of them all.
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.