- to act as a wet nurse to (an infant).
- to give excessive care or attention to; treat as if helpless: The warden is accused of wet-nursing his prisoners.
Origin of wet-nurse
First recorded in 1775–85
- a woman hired to suckle another's infant.
Origin of wet nurse
First recorded in 1610–20
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Examples from the Web for wet-nurse
The potential role of the wet-nurse, in this context, begins to take on different significance.Buy That Breast Milk!
October 22, 2013
She wished they were larger though, and dreamed of having breasts like a wet-nurse.L'Assommoir
The choosing of a wet-nurse is a matter of great moment and responsibility.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
There was no wet-nurse to be had, but a woman from the village had been sent for.The Wonder
J. D. Beresford
"Well, I'm damned," said the wet-nurse And went out, looking thoughtful.Long Live the King
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I didn't engage to wet-nurse its infants with bank accounts.A Son Of The Sun
- a woman hired to suckle the child of another
- to act as a wet nurse to (a child)
- informal to attend with great devotion
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- A woman employed to breast-feed a child that is not her own.
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