verb (used with object), dry-nursed, dry-nurs·ing.

to act as a dry nurse to.

Nearby words

  1. dry-dockage,
  2. dry-eyed,
  3. dry-farm,
  4. dry-footing,
  5. dry-gulch,
  6. dry-roasted,
  7. dry-rot,
  8. dry-salt,
  9. dry-shod,
  10. dry-stone

Origin of dry-nurse

First recorded in 1575–85

dry nurse


a nurse who takes care of but does not breast-feed another's infant.Compare wet nurse.
Informal. a person who tutors and guides an inexperienced person at work.

Origin of dry nurse

First recorded in 1590–1600

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British Dictionary definitions for dry-nurse

dry nurse


a nurse who cares for a child without suckling itCompare wet nurse

verb dry-nurse

to care for (a baby or young child) without suckling
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Medicine definitions for dry-nurse

dry nurse


A nurse employed to care for but not breast-feed an infant.

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