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Meaning of "wet-nurse" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF WET-NURSE

wet-nurse  [ˈwɛtnɜːs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WET-NURSE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Wet-Nurse is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb wet-nurse in English.

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 definition of wet-nurse in the dictionary is to act as a wet nurse to. Other definition of wet-nurse is to attend with great devotion.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO WET-NURSE

PRESENT

Present
I wet-nurse
you wet-nurse
he/she/it wet-nurses
we wet-nurse
you wet-nurse
they wet-nurse
Present continuous
I am wet-nursing
you are wet-nursing
he/she/it is wet-nursing
we are wet-nursing
you are wet-nursing
they are wet-nursing
Present perfect
I have wet-nursed
you have wet-nursed
he/she/it has wet-nursed
we have wet-nursed
you have wet-nursed
they have wet-nursed
Present perfect continuous
I have been wet-nursing
you have been wet-nursing
he/she/it has been wet-nursing
we have been wet-nursing
you have been wet-nursing
they have been wet-nursing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I wet-nursed
you wet-nursed
he/she/it wet-nursed
we wet-nursed
you wet-nursed
they wet-nursed
Past continuous
I was wet-nursing
you were wet-nursing
he/she/it was wet-nursing
we were wet-nursing
you were wet-nursing
they were wet-nursing
Past perfect
I had wet-nursed
you had wet-nursed
he/she/it had wet-nursed
we had wet-nursed
you had wet-nursed
they had wet-nursed
Past perfect continuous
I had been wet-nursing
you had been wet-nursing
he/she/it had been wet-nursing
we had been wet-nursing
you had been wet-nursing
they had been wet-nursing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will wet-nurse
you will wet-nurse
he/she/it will wet-nurse
we will wet-nurse
you will wet-nurse
they will wet-nurse
Future continuous
I will be wet-nursing
you will be wet-nursing
he/she/it will be wet-nursing
we will be wet-nursing
you will be wet-nursing
they will be wet-nursing
Future perfect
I will have wet-nursed
you will have wet-nursed
he/she/it will have wet-nursed
we will have wet-nursed
you will have wet-nursed
they will have wet-nursed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been wet-nursing
you will have been wet-nursing
he/she/it will have been wet-nursing
we will have been wet-nursing
you will have been wet-nursing
they will have been wet-nursing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would wet-nurse
you would wet-nurse
he/she/it would wet-nurse
we would wet-nurse
you would wet-nurse
they would wet-nurse
Conditional continuous
I would be wet-nursing
you would be wet-nursing
he/she/it would be wet-nursing
we would be wet-nursing
you would be wet-nursing
they would be wet-nursing
Conditional perfect
I would have wet-nurse
you would have wet-nurse
he/she/it would have wet-nurse
we would have wet-nurse
you would have wet-nurse
they would have wet-nurse
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been wet-nursing
you would have been wet-nursing
he/she/it would have been wet-nursing
we would have been wet-nursing
you would have been wet-nursing
they would have been wet-nursing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you wet-nurse
we let´s wet-nurse
you wet-nurse
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to wet-nurse
Past participle
wet-nursed
Present Participle
wet-nursing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WET-NURSE


adverse
ˈædvɜːs
commerce
ˈkɒmɜːs
converse
kənˈvɜːs
covers
ˈkəʊvɜːs
curse
kɜːs
diverse
daɪˈvɜːs
dry-nurse
ˈdraɪˌnɜːs
e-commerce
ˈiːˌkɒmɜːs
immerse
ɪˈmɜːs
inverse
ɪnˈvɜːs
nurse
nɜːs
purse
pɜːs
reverse
rɪˈvɜːs
sicknurse
ˈsɪkˌnɜːs
supernurse
ˈsuːpəˌnɜːs
transverse
trænzˈvɜːs
traverse
ˈtrævɜːs
universe
ˈjuːnɪˌvɜːs
verse
vɜːs
worse
wɜːs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WET-NURSE

wet room
wet rot
wet shave
wet steam
wet suit
wet wipe
wet-and-dry-bulb thermometer
wet-bulb thermometer
wet-fly
wet-look
weta
wetback
Wetbike
wether
wetland
wetlands
wetly
wetness
wetproof
wetsuit

WORDS THAT END LIKE WET-NURSE

agency nurse
charge nurse
consultant nurse
course
day nurse
dental nurse
district nurse
dry nurse
head nurse
hospital nurse
male nurse
night 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

गीला नर्स
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

المرضعة
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

ウェット看護師
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

ướt y tá
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஈர செவிலியர்
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

wet- nurse
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

годувальниця
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ud - asistenta
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

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WET-NURSE»

The term «wet-nurse» is regularly used and occupies the 62.477 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

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «wet-nurse» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «wet-nurse» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

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

EXAMPLES

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
2
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
4
Women in Ugarit and Israel: Their Social and Religious ...
so, he has to pay her 10 shekels of silver to cover the costs.71 CH § 194 deals with malpractice of the wet nurse (museniqtu), If a man gives his son to a wet nurse and that child then dies while in the care of the wet nurse, and the wet nurse ...
Hennie J. Marsman, 2003
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
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
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

3 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WET-NURSE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wet-nurse is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Dominant Meerkats Commit Infanticide, Force Bereaved Mothers to …
... subordinate females are then also more likely to wet-nurse the dominant female's pups. This suggests to us that infanticide by the dominant female might have ... «Nature World News, Oct 13»
2
I Breastfed 3 Babies Besides My Own
There will always be women, like me, who are proud and honored to direct-nurse, wet-nurse, co-nurse, or milk-share. It's our milk, and until the FDA develops a ... «Babble, Feb 11»
3
The return of the wet-nurse
She was contacted through her local breast-feeding support network, who were seeking a mother to wet nurse the baby girl because she had refused to take ... «Daily Mail, Sep 07»

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