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nursemaid

[nurs-meyd]
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noun
  1. Also called nurs·er·y·maid. a woman or girl employed to care for a child or several children, especially in a household.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to act as a nursemaid to; to take care of or look after protectively.
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Origin of nursemaid

First recorded in 1650–60; nurse + maid
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Examples from the Web for nursemaid

Historical Examples

  • "It is rude to point," says the nursemaid to her little charge.

    A History of Nursery Rhymes

    Percy B. Green

  • No wonder she can keep a nursemaid, if that's where she spends her time.

  • And he uttered a groan which made a nursemaid turn and stare.

    Five Tales

    John Galsworthy

  • So she salved her nursemaid's conscience—with the help of the fifty pounds.

    A Simpleton

    Charles Reade

  • She talks to him as if she were his nursemaid, Sophia thought.


British Dictionary definitions for nursemaid

nursemaid

nurserymaid (ˈnɜːsrɪˌmeɪd)

noun
  1. a woman or girl employed to look after someone else's childrenOften shortened to: nurse
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