wet-nurse

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verb \ ˈwet-ˌnərs \

Definition of wet-nurse

transitive verb
1 :to act as wet nurse to
2 :to give constant and often excessive care to

First Known Use of wet-nurse

1784

wet-nurse Synonyms

Synonyms
breast-feed, suckle, wet-nurse
Antonyms
abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, manhandle, mishandle, mistreat, misuse
Related Words
bottle-feed
Near Antonyms
wean

wet nurse

noun

Definition of wet nurse

:a woman who cares for and suckles children not her own

First Known Use of wet nurse

1620


WET-NURSE Defined for English Language Learners

wet nurse

noun

Definition of wet nurse for English Language Learners

  • : a woman who cares for and breast-feeds other people's babies as a job


Medical Dictionary

wet nurse

noun

medical Definition of wet nurse

:a woman who cares for and suckles young not her own


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