1. (archaic, UK dialectal) Past participle of sit; Alternative form of sat
    • 1810, Legh Richmond, The fathers of the English church:
      For though we your brethren, who heretofore by our vocation have sitten in the chair of Moses, and be ghostly captains as Moses and Joshua unto you; [...]


  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Seated.
    • a1513, W. Dunbar, Poems (1998) 155:
      The tailȝeour was no thing weill sittin, He left the sadill.
    • c1560, A. Scott, Poems (S.T.S.) ii. 38:
      He micht counter Will on horss, For Sym wes bettir sittin Nor Will.
  2. Settled; stationary; not easily stirred or moved.
    • 1671, J. Livingston, Let. to Parishoners Ancram 15:
      Their fire edge might help to kindle-up old sitten-up professours.
  1. (obsolete) plural simple present of sit#English|sit
    • 1579, Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender
      Such merimake holy saints doth queme,
      But we here sytten as drownd in a dreme.
    • 1593, Michael Drayton, The Shepherd's Garland
      This were as good as curds for our Jone,
      When at a night we sitten by the fire.
    • 1659, Henry More, The Immortality of the Soul, Book I, Canto IV:
      While as they sitten soft in the sweet rayes
      Or vitall vest of the lives generall,
    • 1738, Rev. John Whalley
      Then listen, Thenot, to my mournful lay,
      As wee these willows sitten here emong;

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