- to act as a dry nurse to.
Origin of dry-nurse
First recorded in 1575–85
- 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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Examples from the Web for dry-nurse
Keep the nurse here as dry-nurse so that she may not carry the infection elsewhere.Three Plays by Brieux
You are doomed to dry-nurse Martin for life, whether he wants you or no.An Unknown Lover
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
“He appears to be a kind of dry-nurse to you,” said the judge, rising.Jupiter Lights
Constance Fenimore Woolson
I am not going to dry-nurse a girl at the age of fifty-four.Emily Fox-Seton
Frances Hodgson Burnett
At last, however, she relented, and concluded to remain on earth as dry-nurse to Mr. Bassett.A Terrible Temptation
- a nurse who cares for a child without suckling itCompare wet nurse
- to care for (a baby or young child) without suckling
- A nurse employed to care for but not breast-feed an infant.