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sit-in +‎ -er


sit-inner (plural sit-inners)

  1. A nonviolent protester who participates in a sit-in.
    • 1963, Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail":
      I wish you had commended the Negro sit-inner and demonstrators for their sublime courage.
    • 1967, John M. Orbell, "Protest Participation among Southern Negro College Students," The American Political Science Review, vol. 61, no. 2, p. 448:
      The interview schedule included two questions asking sit-inners for their perceptions of what their college administrators and professors thought about what they were doing.
    • 1998, Francesca Polletta, "“It Was like a Fever ...” Narrative and Identity in Social Protest," Social Problems, vol. 45, no. 2, p. 145:
      The equation of student and sit-inner on a wide scale was in part the result of strategic framing efforts by representatives of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.


  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.