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.
She often left Caylee with her mother, who was willing to baby-sit.
In the Jury’s Hands Diane Dimond July 3, 2011
verb -sits, -sitting, -sat
(intransitive) to act or work as a baby-sitter
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]
- Baby shower
noun a party given for a pregnant woman, to which guests bring presents for the baby Examples Having a baby shower arranged by a family-member or relative is seen as bad form and self serving by many traditionalists. Word Origin 1902 Contemporary Examples He told police that he was just coming from a baby shower […]
- Baby snatcher
noun (informal) a person who steals a baby from its pram another name for cradle snatcher
- Baby split
a split in which the two and seven pins or the three and ten pins remain standing. noun phrase A split where two pins are left standing side by side (Bowling)
- Baby spot
a small spotlight, usually 250–400 watts, used to highlight a specific section of a stage setting or acting area. Historical Examples If procurable, a “baby spot light” is the best appliance, but lacking this, an automobile lamp and its battery can be used. Why the Chimes Rang: A Play in One Act Elizabeth Apthorp McFadden