שמרטף

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From שמר (shamár, to guard; (hence, by extension) to keep) +‎ טף (taf, babies, infants, small children).

Noun[edit]

שְׁמַרְטַף (sh'martáfm (plural indefinite שְׁמַרְטַפִּים, singular construct שְׁמַרְטַף־, plural construct שְׁמַרְטַפֵּי־, feminine counterpart שְׁמַרְטַפִּית)

  1. A (male) babysitter: a (male) person who takes care of one or more infants or children.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From the above, via the root ש־מ־ר־ט־ף (sh-m-r-t-p).

Verb[edit]

שְׁמִרְטֵף (sh'mirtéf) (pi'el construction)

  1. To babysit: to act as a babysitter (for).

Verb[edit]

שְׁמֻרְטַף (sh'murtáf) (pu'al construction)

  1. Defective spelling of שמורטף.

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