house-sitter, babysitter, dog-sitter, etc.

Would it be an x-spektisto? domospektisto, bebospektisto, hundospektisto?

2 Answers 2


I think something involving the root “vart-” would be suitable. PIV has the following definition:

Gardi k prizorgi estulon, kiu bezonas helpon pro sia juneco, nefortikeco: varti bebon, hundeton;

It has a definition of vartisto as someone who professionally vartas, so I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t say infanvartisto or hundvartisto to be more specific. Here is an example from Vespera ruĝo anoncas ventegon (via the Tekstaro):

Kaj la juna virino — ŝi kredeble estis infanvartistino — ridetis afable kaj entute ŝi impresis miranta.


If you want a general word, you should use -zorganto or -zorgisto. You should prefer -isto for someone who does it regularly or professionally.

If you want to be more specific, there are different verbs from which you can add the ending -anto or -isto:

  • varti for a child, or a weak being like a puppy
  • flegi for sick people
  • mastrumi for a house, a construction

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.