nurse·​maid | \ ˈnərs-ˌmād How to pronounce nursemaid (audio) \

Definition of nursemaid

: a girl or woman who is regularly employed to look after children

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Examples of nursemaid in a Sentence

sent the children to their nursemaid
Recent Examples on the Web Rhys received equally brutal treatment from the other female figure of authority in her formative years, her nursemaid, Meta, who violently shook her young charge when angry and terrified her with stories about blood-sucking zombies. Malcolm Forbes, WSJ, 17 June 2022 According to Encyclopedia Britannica, she was forced to work from a young age, alternatively acting as a nursemaid, a field hand, a cook and a woodcutter. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 Smith and her husband deducted the cost of their nursemaid from their federal income taxes in 1937. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 10 Mar. 2021 Many moms are on their own, but a fortunate few get help from babysitters or nursemaids. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, 8 May 2020 Torn's cagey Arthur often had to become a multi-hyphenate nursemaid-therapist-taskmaster to the talented, but hugely insecure host Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling), who called him Artie. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 10 July 2019 With the assistance of nursemaid/housekeeper Mrs. Blott, Maisie is raised by her father, Peter, a distracted academic who treats his daughter more like an experiment than as a child. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2018 Here are nursemaids and newsboys; elegant sisters in their Sunday best; gentlemen out for a stroll in striped vests. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 16 Mar. 2018 Three people attended Toole's funeral at St. Peter and Paul Church: his mother, his father and Beulah Mathews, his childhood nursemaid. Mike Scott,, 14 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of nursemaid

1657, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jun 2022

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“Nursemaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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