Origin of foster
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Examples from the Web for fosterer
It is the parent, the fosterer, the sole supporter of the slave-trade.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The wolf's cub feels he is cutting his teeth, and wants to bite his fosterer.The Bee Hunters
Then, in a lower tone, she addressed herself to the fosterer.
But Knut is to his fosterer gone To deal in deeds of peace alone.Poems by the Way
Thorkel the Fosterer, Amunde's son, as before related, was all that winter with him.Heimskringla
- to promote the growth or development of
- to bring up (a child, etc); rear
- to cherish (a plan, hope, etc) in one's mind
- mainly British
- to place (a child) in the care of foster parents
- to bring up under fosterage
- (in combination) indicating relationship through fostering and not through birthfoster mother; foster child
- (in combination) of or involved in the rearing of a child by persons other than his natural or adopted parentsfoster home
- Jodie . born 1962, US film actress and director: her films include Taxi Driver (1976), The Accused (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1990), Little Man Tate (1991; also directed), Nell (1995), and Panic Room (2002)
- Norman, Baron. born 1935, British architect. His works include the Willis Faber building (1978) in Ipswich, Stansted Airport, Essex (1991), Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong (1998), the renovation of the Reichstag, Berlin (1999), and City Hall, London (2002)
- Stephen Collins . 1826–64, US composer of songs such as The Old Folks at Home and Oh Susanna
Word Origin and History for fosterer
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.