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[nan-ee] /ˈnæn i/
noun, plural nannies.
a person, usually with special training, employed to care for children in a household.
Origin of nanny
1785-95; nursery word; compare Welsh nain grandmother, Greek nánna aunt, Russian nyánya nursemaid


[nan-ee] /ˈnæn i/
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • Mary was resolved against hearing any more against Tirzah and Bet, and actually shut herself into the granary till nanny was gone.

    The Carbonels Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Just then one nanny looked over a fence and said “Ba-a-a-a!”

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Captain Stoddart therefore took a detachment of soldiers into the mountains to the maroon town of nanny.

  • We'll cure nanny first; and you and I will settle the bill afterward.'

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag Louisa M. Alcott
  • And the little crowd of rescuers arrived only just in time to hear nanny thanking him.

    Green Valley Katharine Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for nanny


noun (pl) -nies
a nurse or nursemaid for children
  1. any person or thing regarded as treating people like children, esp by being patronizing or overprotective
  2. (as modifier): the nanny state
a child's word for grandmother
verb nannies, nannying, nannied
(intransitive) to nurse or look after someone else's children
(transitive) to be overprotective towards
Word Origin
C19: child's name for a nurse
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Word Origin and History for nanny

"children's nurse," 1795, from widespread child's word for "female adult other than mother" (cf. Greek nanna "aunt"). The word also is a nickname form of the fem. proper name Ann, which probably is the sense in nanny goat (1788, cf. billy goat). Nanny-house "brothel" is slang from c.1700. Nanny state, in reference to overintrusive government policies is attested by 1987, the term associated with British political leader Margaret Thatcher, who criticized the tendency.


"to be unduly protective," 1954, from nanny (n.). Related: Nannied; nannying.


"to be unduly protective," 1954, from nanny (n.). Related: Nannied; nannying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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