from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To watch or tend someone else's child for a period of time, often for money.
  • v. To watch or attend anything or anyone unnecessarily closely; to have to help or coax too much.


Back-formation from babysitter. (Wiktionary)



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  • Apparently, one no longer babysits for a baby. Now, one babysits the baby--makes me wonder whether the sitter expects to hatch one. Terrible usage of the word.

    February 23, 2010