wet-nurse

verb \ ˈwet-ˌnərs \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of wet-nurse

transitive verb
1 : to care for and breastfeed (another woman's baby) : 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 breastfeeds children not her own

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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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