- a person, usually with special training, employed to care for children in a household.
Origin of nanny
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for nanny
UNO puts such an onus on smoking students that it ultimately seems like a bully, even more than a nanny.
The Louisiana university has turned into a nanny state, issuing a campus smoking ban of dubious legality.
Now, at the University of New Orleans, we have a “nanny university.”
We believe Williams as both a beaten-down dad and big-hearted Scottish nanny.How Robin Williams’ Mrs. Doubtfire Won the Culture Wars
August 13, 2014
Nanny Jessie Webb tried hard to get him into a routine, but the baby prince, who was still breastfeeding, was permanently hungry.Prince George Is Vanity Fair's August Cover Star
July 9, 2014
"This would be truly a vain wish, dear Nanny, in the mixed company of a ship," she said.
That the letter was read, Nanny, who is truth itself, affirms she saw.
I was heedless of this command, and answered her by saying: 'What are you doing here, Nanny?'
So Nanny and I repaired to the tree in question, and Nanny mounted into the tree.
I would like to have one like it for our Nanny (meaning his wife).The Shellback's Progress
- a nurse or nursemaid for children
- any person or thing regarded as treating people like children, esp by being patronizing or overprotective
- (as modifier)the nanny state
- a child's word for grandmother
- (intr) to nurse or look after someone else's children
- (tr) to be overprotective towards
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.