nursemaid

[ nurs-meyd ]
/ ˈnɜrsˌmeɪd /

noun

Also called nurs·er·y·maid. a woman or girl employed to care for a child or several children, especially in a household.

verb (used with object)

to act as a nursemaid to; to take care of or look after protectively.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. nurse's aide,
  2. nurse-midwife,
  3. nurse-practitioner,
  4. nursehound,
  5. nurseling,
  6. nursemaid's elbow,
  7. nurser,
  8. nursery,
  9. nursery rhyme,
  10. nursery rhymes

Origin of nursemaid

First recorded in 1650–60; nurse + maid

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British Dictionary definitions for nursemaid

nursemaid

nurserymaid (ˈnɜːsrɪˌmeɪd)

/ (ˈnɜːsˌmeɪd) /

noun

a woman or girl employed to look after someone else's childrenOften shortened to: nurse
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