Babysit



to take charge of a child while the parents are temporarily away.
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.
Contemporary Examples

The grandparents do their bit, Todd does his bit, Bristol is there to babysit.
What Sarah Palin Didn’t Say Tina Brown November 10, 2008

They hold the kid for a few minutes, or read her a story, or “babysit” her, and think they’ve done a fantastic job.
Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories Harry Siegel February 26, 2013

With another baby on the way, it’s a good thing Grandma Kris Jenner is nearby to babysit.
TV’s Best and Worst Moms: ‘Veep,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and More The Daily Beast Video May 10, 2014

Queen Latifah also used to babysit your kids while you were on tour?
Hip-Hop Star Flavor Flav Talks Dirty Marlow Stern May 30, 2011

Emanuel finds herself drawn to Linda, who resembles her dead mother, and agrees to babysit her newborn child.
Jessica Biel on ‘The Truth About Emanuel,’ Motherhood, Justin Timberlake, and More Marlow Stern January 6, 2014

Even more annoying, have you heard of a guy say he has to “babysit” his children when his wife has something to do?
Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories Harry Siegel February 26, 2013

Historical Examples

I am well enough that I can babysit or pick up a few dollars.
Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

And I was getting dressed to go out to a friend’s house, and she was staying to babysit.
Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

verb -sits, -sitting, -sat
(intransitive) to act or work as a baby-sitter
v.

also baby-sit, 1947, from baby (n.) + sit (v.); figurative use (often contemptuous) by 1968. Babysitting is from 1946.

verb

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+)
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]

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