[ nan-ee ]
/ ˈnæn i /

noun, plural nan·nies.

a person, usually with special training, employed to care for children in a household.

Origin of nanny

1785–95; nursery word; compare Welsh nain grandmother, Greek nánna aunt, Russian nyánya nursemaid

Definition for nanny (2 of 2)

[ nan-ee ]
/ ˈnæn i /


a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for nanny

/ (ˈnænɪ) /

noun plural -nies

a nurse or nursemaid for children
  1. any person or thing regarded as treating people like children, esp by being patronizing or overprotective
  2. (as modifier)the nanny state
a child's word for grandmother

verb nannies, nannying or nannied

(intr) to nurse or look after someone else's children
(tr) to be overprotective towards

Word Origin for nanny

C19: child's name for a nurse
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