additionally baby-sit, 1947, from baby (letter.) + rest (v.); figurative use (frequently contemptuous) by 1968. Babysitting is from 1946.
work or act as a baby-sitter
- just take watchful responsibility for
He could babysit Baratto until a reasonable hour and then either call Anderson and turn him over to Andy Sackler, who was now in charge of the Wassermann case.