dry-nurse

verb
\ (ˈ)drī-ˈnərs How to pronounce dry-nurse (audio) \
dry-nursed; dry-nursing; dry-nurses

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: Noun

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry-nurse. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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dry nurse

noun

Medical Definition of dry nurse

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

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