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nursemaid

[nurs-meyd] /ˈnɜrsˌmeɪd/
noun
1.
Also called nurserymaid. a woman or girl employed to care for a child or several children, especially in a household.
verb (used with object)
2.
to act as a nursemaid to; to take care of or look after protectively.
Origin of nursemaid
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; nurse + maid
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Examples from the Web for nursemaid
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  • "It is rude to point," says the nursemaid to her little charge.

  • 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.

  • "At fourteen and sixteen we surely don't need a nursemaid," sniffed Marjorie.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • Harvey Rolfe had no choice but to repeat what seemed good to Louie the nursemaid.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • She knew the nursemaid was busy; would not ring, but carried him out herself.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • What the child is in the hands of the nursemaid, we may see anywhere.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • From the duchess to the nursemaid, by Jove, they are all alike!

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for nursemaid

nursemaid

/ˈnɜːsˌmeɪd/
noun
1.
a woman or girl employed to look after someone else's children Often shortened to nurse
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