sitter

noun
sit·​ter | \ ˈsi-tər \

Definition of sitter

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1 : one that sits: such as
a : a person who sits for a portrait or a bust Usually commissioned by the sitters themselves, some images straddle the line between individual portrait and genre scene …— Naomi Rosenblum
b : a person who takes care of someone or something in the place of a parent, owner, etc. pet sitters The next time you hire a sitter [=babysitter], remind your daughter what happened the last time and let her know that you are only a phone call away.— John Rosemond — see also house sitter
2a : an easy target a sitter for enemy submarines
b sports : an easy scoring or fielding chance … missed an absolute sitter in the 44th minute to keep the game scoreless.— Jamie Goldberg

Sitter

biographical name
Sit·​ter | \ ˈsi-tər \

Definition of Sitter (Entry 2 of 2)

Willem de 1872–1934 Dutch astronomer

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Synonyms for sitter

Synonyms: Noun

babysitter, dry nurse, nanny (also nannie), nurse, nursemaid, nurser

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Examples of sitter in a Sentence

Noun

They hired a sitter so they could go out. we'll be going to the movie if we can get a sitter for the kids

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Apps like Rover and Wag connect experienced dog walkers and cat sitters with people looking for help. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "6 Online Jobs for Teens That Pay Major $$$," 29 Nov. 2018 Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters, who make up to $45 an hour. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters," 21 Nov. 2018 Sebastian Giovinco was making free kicks look like sitters again, and all was well. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 14: Don't Hold Your Breath for an MLS Cup Threematch," 4 June 2018 During one of Johnson's extra study sessions, student Kristen Black couldn't find a sitter. Andrea Diaz, CNN, "That photo of a professor holding a student's baby while he taught ? It's not the first time he's done that," 9 May 2018 Overnight sitters can run anywhere from $50 to $100 a day. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Sure Your Pets Have a Happy Holiday Too," 12 Nov. 2018 That is, unless the sitter is a cool, young-ish CEO getting his or her portrait taken. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Why are CEO photos so weird?," 2 Nov. 2018 Left with the sitter, the rabbits quickly take liberties—asking for a scary story, making a supper composed of candy, cookies and ice cream—and suffer the consequences. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Freakiness and Fortitude," 19 July 2018 The new Three Lions captain poked John Stones' header across the line after it was palmed away by the Tunisian goalkeeper early on, but not before Raheem Sterling missed an absolute sitter. SI.com, "Twitter Goes Into Meltdown After Harry Kane's Late Header Hands England Crucial Win Over Tunisia," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of sitter

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sitter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sitter

: a person who takes care of a child while the child's parents are away

: a person who poses for a portrait or photograph

sitter

noun
sit·​ter | \ ˈsi-tər \

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