sitter

Don’t squash the children! A sitter can be anyone who sits — in a chair, on the floor, or anywhere else — but it’s often short for babysitter. They don’t actually sit on the babies, though. We hope.

In addition to the person who sits or models for an oil painter, a sitter can also be someone who watches children as a paid job. It's short for babysitter: "Good news, guys, we're having the nice sitter tonight, the one who lets us stay up past bedtime!" The origin of sitter and babysitter isn't completely clear, but some experts guess the sit part comes from birds sitting on their eggs before they hatch.

Definitions of sitter
  1. noun
    an organism (person or animal) that sits
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    Antonyms:
    stander
    an organism (person or animal) that stands
    type of:
    being, organism
    a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
  2. noun
    a person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home
    synonyms: baby-sitter, babysitter
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    type of:
    keeper
    someone in charge of other people
  3. noun
    a person who poses for a painter or sculptor
    synonyms: artist's model
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    type of:
    model, poser
    a person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor
  4. noun
    a domestic hen ready to brood
    synonyms: brood hen, broody, broody hen, setting hen
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    type of:
    biddy, hen
    adult female chicken
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