wet-nurse


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wet-nurse

(wĕt′nûrs′)
tr.v. wet-nursed, wet-nurs·ing, wet-nurs·es
1. To serve as wet nurse for.
2. To treat with excessive care.

wet′ nurse`


n.
a woman hired to suckle another's infant.
[1610–20]

wet′-nurse`



v.t. -nursed, -nurs•ing.
1. to act as a wet nurse to (an infant).
2. to give excessive care or attention to.
[1775–85]

wet-nurse


Past participle: wet-nursed
Gerund: wet-nursing

Imperative
wet-nurse
wet-nurse
Present
I wet-nurse
you wet-nurse
he/she/it wet-nurses
we wet-nurse
you wet-nurse
they wet-nurse
Preterite
I wet-nursed
you wet-nursed
he/she/it wet-nursed
we wet-nursed
you wet-nursed
they wet-nursed
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
Past Conditional
I would have wet-nursed
you would have wet-nursed
he/she/it would have wet-nursed
we would have wet-nursed
you would have wet-nursed
they would have wet-nursed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wet-nurse - a woman hired to suckle a child of someone elsewet-nurse - a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
nanny, nursemaid, nurse - a woman who is the custodian of children
Verb1.wet-nurse - give suck to; "The wetnurse suckled the infant"; "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"
suck - draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth; "suck the poison from the place where the snake bit"; "suck on a straw"; "the baby sucked on the mother's breast"
feed, give - give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat"
Translations

wet

(wet) adjective
1. containing, soaked in, or covered with, water or another liquid. We got soaking wet when it began to rain; His shirt was wet through with sweat; wet hair; The car skidded on the wet road.
2. rainy. a wet day; wet weather; It was wet yesterday.
verbpresent tense ˈwetting: past tense, past participles wet, ~ˈwetted
to make wet. She wet her hair and put shampoo on it; The baby has wet himself / his nappy / the bed.
noun
1. moisture. a patch of wet.
2. rain. Don't go out in the wet.
ˈwetness noun
wet blanket
a depressing companion.
ˈwet-nurse noun
a woman employed to breast-feed someone else's baby.
ˈwetsuit noun
a rubber suit for wearing in cold conditions when diving etc.
wet through
soaked to the skin.
References in classic literature ?
Now this very Eudosia Halfacre has no more mother, in the last sense, than you have a wet-nurse. She has an old woman to help her make a fool of herself; but, in the way of a mother, she would be better off with a pair of good gum-shoes.
Why, I was his wet-nurse. I put 'm to bed, snug every night.
I liked this offer very well, and accordingly hired a coach on purpose, and taking my child, and a wet-nurse to tend and suckle it, and a maid-servant with me, away I went for London.
A stout waist, the plumpness of a wet-nurse, strong dimpled arms, red hands, were all in keeping with the swelling outlines and the fat whiteness of Norman beauty.
They will provide for their nurture, and will bring the mothers to the fold when they are full of milk, taking the greatest possible care that no mother recognizes her own child; and other wet-nurses may be engaged if more are required.
A wet-nurse is a woman who breastfeeds a child of another mother who cannot breastfeed.
She acted as a wet-nurse broker, supervised Francesco's employees, collected moneys owed to Francesco, and supervised the activities on his farms, as well as reporting on the progress of the building and decoration of his town-house.
Sam Faiers from Towie has been busy posting Instagram pics of herself feeding baby son Paul in various sun-soaked locations while Cornwall mother Ronja Wiedenbeck was inundated with offers when she asked for volunteers to wet-nurse her little boy, Rio.
Consequently, according to the Prime Minister, state-owned enterprises remain a wet-nurse and the foundation of corruption in the country.
Only Otoku, the wet-nurse of Kikunosuke's younger brother (Kikugoro the 6th, a top actor who was active later, from the 1920s to the 1930s), honestly tells him what she thinks in regard to his poor acting skills, so that he can improve and become a truly great actor.
62.2% of those who did not want to make donation stated risk of contagion as a reason, 8.2% of the participants had worked as wet-nurse before.
"As a manager you can only do so much for a player; you cannot wet-nurse him."