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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

Definition 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for wet nurse

wet nurse

n.

A woman employed to breast-feed a child that is not her own.
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