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wet nurse

noun as in nanny

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noun as in nursemaid

verb as in nurse

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If one feels overwhelmed, others serve as a buttress, helping her with childcare and breastfeeding, and sometimes even stepping in as wet nurses.

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The potential role of the wet-nurse, in this context, begins to take on different significance.

Oh, and just last week she played wet nurse to a hungry African baby—just because she could.

A wet-nurse would cost him six dollars a week; and, as to bringing up little Tommy by hand, city milk would soon finish him.

At the time of our visit the institution contained eighty foundlings; to each of those still in infancy was assigned a wet nurse.

If a wet-nurse is provided, she shall meet the approval of the physician.

But there are certain physical conditions which necessitate the employment of a hired wet-nurse, or weaning.

Therefore, if for any reason the mother cannot nurse her own child, a hired wet-nurse should be procured.


On this page you'll find 15 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to wet-nurse, such as: cradle, feed, nourish, dry-nurse, lactate, and nurture.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.