verb (used with object)
- foster brother,
- foster care,
- foster child,
- foster city,
- foster daughter
Origin of foster
Examples from the Web for fosterer
Thorkel the Fosterer, Amunde's son, as before related, was all that winter with him.Heimskringla|Snorri Sturlason
I slipped a bank-note into the fosterer's hands—Marc disappeared—and I sought my pillow.
I envied the philosophy of the fosterer and his brother-in-law elect.
She was often overburdened with work, for every charitable institution sought her as a "fosterer."In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete|Georg Ebers
The fosterer, but in vain, endeavoured to cheer her sinking spirits.
- to place (a child) in the care of foster parents
- to bring up under fosterage
Word Origin for foster
Old English *fostrian "to supply with food, nourish, support," from fostor "food, nourishment, bringing up," from Proto-Germanic *fostrom, from root *foth-/*fod- (see food).
Meaning "to bring up a child with parental care" is from c.1200; that of "to encourage or help grow" is early 13c. of things; 1560s of feelings, ideas, etc. Old English also had the adjective meaning "in the same family but not related," in fostorfæder, etc. Related: Fostered; fostering.