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noun
a woman hired to suckle another's infant.
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Origin of wet nurse

First recorded in 1610–20

Other definitions for wet nurse (2 of 2)

wet-nurse
[ wet-nurs ]
/ ˈwɛtˌnɜrs /

verb (used with object), wet-nursed, wet-nurs·ing.
to act as a wet nurse to (an infant).
to give excessive care or attention to; treat as if helpless: The warden is accused of wet-nursing his prisoners.

Origin of wet-nurse

First recorded in 1775–85
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British Dictionary definitions for wet nurse

wet nurse

noun
a woman hired to suckle the child of another
verb wet-nurse (tr)
to act as a wet nurse to (a child)
informal to attend with great devotion
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