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Meaning of "wet nurse" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF WET NURSE

wet nurse play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WET NURSE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Wet nurse is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

WHAT DOES WET NURSE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

wet nurse

Wet nurse

A wet nurse is a woman who breast feeds and cares for another's child. Wet nurses are employed when the mother is unable or chooses not to nurse the child herself. Wet-nursed children may be known as "milk-siblings", and in some cultures the families are linked by a special relationship of milk kinship. Mothers who nurse each other's babies are engaging in a reciprocal act known as cross-nursing or co-nursing.

Definition of wet nurse in the English dictionary

The first definition of wet nurse in the dictionary is a woman hired to suckle the child of another. Other definition of wet nurse is to act as a wet nurse to. Wet nurse is also to attend with great devotion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WET NURSE

wet AMD
wet bar
wet behind the ears
wet blanket
wet cell
wet chinook
wet dock
wet dream
wet fish
wet fly
wet look
wet one´s whistle
wet pack
wet room
wet rot
wet shave
wet steam
wet suit
wet wipe
wet-and-dry-bulb thermometer

WORDS THAT END LIKE WET NURSE

agency nurse
charge nurse
consultant nurse
course
day nurse
dental nurse
district nurse
head nurse
hospital nurse
male nurse
night nurse
nurse
nursery nurse
paediatric nurse
practical nurse
practice nurse
registered nurse
staff nurse
student nurse
visiting nurse
wet-nurse

Synonyms and antonyms of wet nurse in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «wet nurse» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WET NURSE

Find out the translation of wet nurse to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of wet nurse from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «wet nurse» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

奶妈
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

nodriza
570 millions of speakers

English

wet nurse
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

नर्स
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مرضعة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

кормилица
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

ama de leite
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভিজা নার্স
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

nourrice
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Jururawat basah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Amme
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

乳母
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

유모
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Wet nurse
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

vú nuôi
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஈரமான நர்ஸ்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ओले परिचारिका
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sütnine
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

balia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

mamka
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

годувальниця
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

doica
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

τροφός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

nat verpleegster
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

amma
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

amme
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wet nurse

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WET NURSE»

The term «wet nurse» is regularly used and occupies the 62.476 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WET NURSE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about wet nurse

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WET NURSE»

Discover the use of wet nurse in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wet nurse and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Wet Nurse's Tale
Losing her baby when the child's father sells the infant to a wealthy woman, plucky Susan of Victorian England convinces the adoptive mother to hire her as a wet nurse and discovers that her employer's home hides sinister secrets. Reprint.
Erica Eisdorfer, 2010
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The Wet Nurse's Tale
A debut novel set in Victorian England with a delightfully cheeky heroine who will have everyone talking.
Erica Eisdorfer, 2009
3
Birth in Babylonia and the Bible: Its Mediterranean Setting
The first problem is the health of the wet-nurse. A letter writer is worried about a baby boy and advises: "If you observe that her breast is not good, give the boy to another wet-nurse".79 An entry in chapter 40 of the Diagnostic Handbook is a ...
Marten Stol, F. A. M. Wiggermann, 2000
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Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe
Wet-nursing practices created a new set of circumstances, since the wet nurse was not a member of the infant's family, and her circumstances could change and influence the duration of her employment. We shall now turn to examine the wet ...
Elisheva Baumgarten, 2013
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A Social History of Wet Nursing in America: From Breast to ...
Still, like the medical authorities she cited, Tyler advised employing a wet nurse temporarily if the mother was unable to satisfy the hunger of her newborn or permanently if the mother could not nurse at all.1 Little had changed in the rhetoric of ...
Janet Golden, 2001
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Don't Kill Your Baby: Public Health and the Decline of ...
second child had been rescued from the ill effects of artificial food by the milk of a wet nurse — agreed that "it would seem superfluous to look for even average mental or moral qualification in persons of the class that furnish wet nurses.
Jacqueline H. Wolf, 2001
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The Last Emperors: A Social History of Qing Imperial ...
When a woman was chosen, her own child would be fed by another wet nurse specially selected for that purpose. Wet nurses tended to be fairly young — in one list of seventy-two candidates, the average age was slightly over thirty-one sui ...
Evelyn S. Rawski, 1998
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THE JEWISH DARK CONTINENT
Do people look for a wet nurse from a good family because they believe that the milk will have an effect on the child's character?107 227. Did it used to happen that people hired an unmarried girl as a wet nurse? Does it often happen now?
Nathaniel Deutsch, S An-Ski, 2011
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A Tender Voyage: Children and Childhood in Late Imperial China
Children and Childhood in Late Imperial China Ping-Chen Hsiung. ciple of which is very clear." There was serious apprehension, therefore, over the influence the wet nurse could have on the character of the child.40 In "Selecting a Wet Nurse ...
Ping-Chen Hsiung, 2007
10
"To Toil the Livelong Day": America's Women at Work, 1780-1980
dietary social climbing — the wet nurse's presumed craving for expensive foods. If Mrs. Workman's experiences were typical, it would seem that wet nurses did not covet their employer's larder so much as they wished to eat as they pleased.
Carol Groneman, Mary Beth Norton, 1987

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WET NURSE»

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Chihuahua volunteers as nurse to 4 orphaned kittens
The 6-year-old dog never had puppies, but has been nursing two abandoned kittens since ... That may have something to do with her turning into a wet nurse. «USA TODAY, Jul 15»
2
Guide: How to End Mergo's Wet Nurse in Bloodborne on PS4
A short while after dispatching the previous boss, Micolash, you'll stumble upon the true final challenge in the Nightmare of Mensis, Mergo's Wet Nurse. This can ... «Push Square, Apr 15»
3
Bloodborne Boss Guide: How to Easily Beat Mergo's Wet Nurse
When you think of a wet nurse what comes to mind? A young woman willing to help so that a baby can grow? A mother figure who is providing life? Perhaps a ... «Twinfinite, Apr 15»
4
Bloodborne Boss Guide: How to Beat Mergo's Wet Nurse
Your prior experience with being on the receiving end of scythes will determine how intimidated you'll feel during this boss fight. Your best bet is to keep your ... «GameSpot, Apr 15»
5
How to Fight the Secret Final Boss in Bloodborne
Upon defeating Margo's Wet Nurse, you'll have the ability to unlock two of the three possible outcomes in Bloodborne. This is the natural progression of the ... «Attack of the Fanboy, Mar 15»
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Bloodborne Mergo's Wet Nurse Boss Guide - How to Kill, Tips and …
Mergo's Wet Nurse is encountered in the Mergo's Loft. Complete this boss battle to acquire One Third of Umbilical Cord and unlock 'Mergo's Wet Nurse' Trophy. «SegmentNext, Mar 15»
7
My friend breastfed my baby
When her friend offered to nurse him alongside her own baby, she was shocked. But what .... For most of human history, wet nurses were exceedingly common. «The Guardian, Mar 15»
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VIDEO: Orlando punks Wet Nurse on Off the Avenue
Wet Nurse is one of those bands that isn't just fun to watch every time they play a show, but they also reliably bring rad bands to town to play those shows with ... «Orlando Weekly, Feb 15»
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Bring Back the Wet Nurse!
When a yuppie American woman learns she is pregnant, she has a whole world of options available to her. She can hire a doula, or sign up for pre-natal yoga. «The New Republic, Jul 14»
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'Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki' ('The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree …
Revenge is a dish served cold — and comical — in “Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki” (“The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree”). The 19th-century kabuki play packs ... «New York Daily News, Jul 14»

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