Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

sit around - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theysit around
he/she/itsits around
present participlesitting around
past tensesat around
past participlesat around
  1. sit around something to spend time doing nothing

    Are we going to sit around all night, or shall we go out?

    Since Dad lost his job he just sits around the house all day.

See also main entry: sit
quiz invitation

Open Dictionary

patio diplomacy

high-level diplomats meeting and dining in an informal environment e.g. a party or club

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play