nursling

or nurse·ling

[ nurs-ling ]
/ ˈnɜrs lɪŋ /

noun

an infant, child, or young animal being nursed or being cared for by a nurse.
any person or thing under fostering care, influences, or conditions.

Nearby words

  1. nursing bottle,
  2. nursing father,
  3. nursing home,
  4. nursing mother,
  5. nursing officer,
  6. nurturance,
  7. nurture,
  8. nus,
  9. nusa tenggara,
  10. nusku

Origin of nursling

First recorded in 1550–60; nurse + -ling1

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British Dictionary definitions for nursling

nursling

nurseling

/ (ˈnɜːslɪŋ) /

noun

a child or young animal that is being suckled, nursed, or fostered
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Word Origin and History for nursling

nursling

n.

also nurseling, "object of a nurse's care," 1550s, from nurse (v.) + -ling.

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