[ nurs-meyd ]
/ ˈnɜrsˌmeɪd /


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.


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Origin of nursemaid

First recorded in 1650–60; nurse + maid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for nursemaid


nurserymaid (ˈnɜːsrɪˌmeɪd)

/ (ˈnɜːsˌmeɪd) /


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