- The definition of sedentary is someone or something that doesn't move much.
An example of sedentary is a person who sits on the couch all day and never exercises.
This man is sedentary.
- of or marked by much sitting about and little travel
- keeping one seated much of the time: a sedentary job
- remaining in one locality; not migratory: said of birds, etc.
- fixed to one spot, as a barnacle
Origin of sedentaryFrench sédentaire ; from Classical Latin sedentarius ; from sedens, present participle of sedere, to sit
- Characterized by or requiring much sitting: a sedentary job.
- Accustomed to sitting or to taking little exercise.
- Remaining or living in one area; not migratory: sedentary caribou herds.
- Attached or rooted; sessile: sedentary marine organisms.
Origin of sedentaryFrench sédentaire, from Old French, from Latin sedentārius, from sedēns, sedent-, present participle of sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more sedentary, superlative most sedentary)
From Latin sedentārius (“sitting”), from sedeō (“I sit, I am seated”).