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babysitter

A babysitter is someone who is paid, usually by the hour, to care for another person's children. A dad might hire a babysitter to watch his daughters while he goes to his yoga class.

A babysitter usually spends an evening or an afternoon at someone's house, playing with or caring for kids while their parents are away. While a nanny is more of a full-time, long-term childcare worker, a babysitter works once in a while, for just an evening or an afternoon, and often for several different families. The word babysitter, or baby-sitter, was first used in 1937, and some people use the shortened form, sitter.

Definitions of babysitter
  1. noun
    a person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home
    synonyms: baby-sitter, sitter
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    type of:
    keeper
    someone in charge of other people
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