Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


She would have liked to sit out the dances she could not have with Drake, to sit and watch him.

Nor may they disappear into secluded corners and sit out dances.

Let's all sit out; it's a divine hour, this hour after sunset.

"Joe, ye shall be made to sit out in the kitchen; ye shall," said Cantor the father.

Then I'll mount down an' we'll sit out in the kitchen an' hem the rest.

It is the regular thing to sit out in the hotel grounds and watch them.

This was only the first act of the drama, and he was determined to sit out the performance.

Sit out in the streets in front of cafs and talk all night in summer.

If you are going to sit out here with us, you had better tell them to bring you a chair.

If they wished to sit out in the shady garden they must serve themselves.


Old English sittan "to occupy a seat, be seated, sit down, seat oneself; remain, continue; settle, encamp, occupy; lie in wait; besiege" (class V strong verb; past tense sæt, past participle seten), from Proto-Germanic *setjan (cf. Old Saxon sittian, Old Norse sitja, Danish sidde, Old Frisian sitta, Middle Dutch sitten, Dutch zitten, Old High German sizzan, German sitzen, Gothic sitan), from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).

With past tense sat, formerly also set, now restricted to dialect, and sate, now archaic; and past participle sat, formerly sitten. In reference to a legislative assembly, from 1510s. Meaning "to baby-sit" is recorded from 1966.

To sit back "be inactive" is from 1943. To sit on one's hands was originally "to withhold applause" (1926); later, "to do nothing" (1959). To sit around "be idle, do nothing" is 1915, American English. To sit out "not take part" is from 1650s. Sitting pretty is from 1916.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.