noun, plural nan·nies.
- nanny cam,
- nanny goat,
- nanny state,
- nanny tax,
Origin of nanny
Examples from the Web for nanny
UNO puts such an onus on smoking students that it ultimately seems like a bully, even more than a nanny.
The Louisiana university has turned into a nanny state, issuing a campus smoking ban of dubious legality.
Now, at the University of New Orleans, we have a “nanny university.”
We believe Williams as both a beaten-down dad and big-hearted Scottish nanny.How Robin Williams’ Mrs. Doubtfire Won the Culture Wars|Tim Teeman|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nanny Jessie Webb tried hard to get him into a routine, but the baby prince, who was still breastfeeding, was permanently hungry.
It's all luck about Nanny's eyes; and maybe you are only throwing away a chance you'll never have again.'Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag|Louisa M. Alcott
He would sit watching Nanny nibbling with her front teeth the capers of the caper sauce, and he would hate her.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
Perhaps nothing could explain so well Nanny Ainslee's popularity as the gathering of folks who came to see her off.
They were still standing there when Nanny and her father came to take the 10:27 east.
Nanny and her small family are well: her husband was not sailed the last accounts she had from him.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745|Mrs. Thomson
noun plural -nies
- any person or thing regarded as treating people like children, esp by being patronizing or overprotective
- (as modifier)the nanny state
verb nannies, nannying or nannied
Word Origin for nanny
"children's nurse," 1795, from widespread child's word for "female adult other than mother" (cf. Greek nanna "aunt"). The word also is a nickname form of the fem. proper name Ann, which probably is the sense in nanny goat (1788, cf. billy goat). Nanny-house "brothel" is slang from c.1700. Nanny state, in reference to overintrusive government policies is attested by 1987, the term associated with British political leader Margaret Thatcher, who criticized the tendency.
"to be unduly protective," 1954, from nanny (n.). Related: Nannied; nannying.