dry-nurse

verb

Definition of dry-nurse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to take care of but not breastfeed (another woman's baby) : to act as a dry nurse to

2 : to give unnecessary supervision to

dry nurse

noun

Definition of dry nurse (Entry 2 of 2)

: a woman who takes care of but does not breastfeed another woman's baby

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Synonyms for dry-nurse

Synonyms: Noun

babysitter, nanny (also nannie), nurse, nursemaid, sitter

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Examples of dry-nurse in a Sentence

Noun

after years of being a dry nurse to other women's children, she longed to have a child of her own

First Known Use of dry-nurse

Verb

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dry-nurse was in 1581

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dry-nurse

transitive verb
\(ˈ)drī-ˈnərs \
dry-nursed; dry-nursing

Medical Definition of dry-nurse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to act as dry nurse to

dry nurse

noun

Medical Definition of dry nurse (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nurse who takes care of but does not breastfeed another woman's baby

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