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.
Other definitions for dry-nurse (2 of 2)
to act as a dry nurse to.
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How to use dry nurse in a sentence
With a Konigseck to dry-nurse him, may not Royal Highness, luck favoring, do very well?History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
I am not going to dry-nurse a girl at the age of fifty-four.Emily Fox-Seton | Frances Hodgson Burnett
You'll be a dry nurse to a burro, and keep a hospital for infirm puppies, but you will fight game cocks.The Octopus | Frank Norris
Nothing could be more amusing than the solemnity with which the youngster performs his function of dry nurse.Indo-China and Its Primitive People | Henry Baudesson
My dry-nurse never desires anything of me that is not reasonable, and for my own good; and therefore I like to be with him.The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son | The Earl of Chesterfield
British Dictionary definitions for dry nurse
a nurse who cares for a child without suckling it: Compare wet nurse
to care for (a baby or young child) without suckling
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