wet-nurse

verb \ ˈwet-ˌnərs \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of wet-nurse

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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

in the meaning defined above

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WET-NURSE Defined for English Language Learners

wet nurse

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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