Etymology
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babysitter (n.)

also baby-sitter, "person who looks after a child or children while the parents are away," 1914, from baby (n.) + agent noun from sit (v.). Short form sitter is attested from 1937.

updated on April 17, 2018

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Definitions of babysitter from WordNet

babysitter (n.)
a person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home;
Synonyms: baby-sitter / sitter
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