nan·​ny | \ ˈna-nē How to pronounce nanny (audio) \
variants: or less commonly nannie
plural nannies

Definition of nanny

: a child's nurse or caregiver

Examples of nanny in a Sentence

When I was growing up, I had a nanny. wrote a memoir recounting her days as a nanny for the rich and often indiscreet
Recent Examples on the Web Yee attended Greenway High School in Phoenix and graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in English and political science, working as a resident adviser, director for campus art museum, tutor and nanny to pay her way through school. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2022 Juggling parenthood with work can be tricky, but Kaling is grateful to have the help of a full-time nanny and two assistants. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 27 June 2022 This tearjerker family film charts the burgeoning relationship between a Black nanny (Whoopi Goldberg) and the hunky Jewish widower (Liotta) who hires her to watch his grieving daughter (Tina Majorino). David Fear, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2022 Occasional horror stories, such as the robot nanny and toddler tragedy in the novel Scarlett and Gurl, will make headline news and remind parents how to use robots responsibly. Joanna J. Bryson, Wired, 17 Dec. 2021 The most significant chunk of that missing money is from a $4.3 million wrongful-death settlement meant for the sons of Gloria Satterfield, the Murdaugh housekeeper and nanny for more than 20 years. Talal Ansari, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2021 Lawmakers had lobbied for the requirement alongside Sameer Sabir, whose 1-year-old daughter Rehma died in 2013 after she was found unresponsive while in the care of her nanny. Matt Stout,, 19 July 2022 Co-produced by Wooden Boat Productions (Dominican Republic) and Pucará Cine (Argentina), the drama turns on the relationship between a young girl and her nanny that transcends race and class. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 20 June 2022 Paris Hilton, who said Frankel was her nanny when Frankel first moved to Los Angeles, introduced the reality star before a sizzle reel played of Frankel on The Housewives of New York City. Beatrice Verhoeven, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nanny

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nanny

probably of baby-talk origin

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“Nanny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for nanny


nan·​ny | \ ˈna-nē How to pronounce nanny (audio) \
plural nannies

Kids Definition of nanny

: a child's nurse

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