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Noun1.wetnurse - a woman hired to suckle a child of someone elsewetnurse - a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
nanny, nursemaid, nurse - a woman who is the custodian of children
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That the junior wife does not take joy in (his) embrace, that the young child not grow vigorous on (her) knee, that the wetnurse not sing lullabies.
The gardai are not there to wetnurse people and what's happening is bringing the whole legal system into disrepute.
A foundling who appears on his doorstep gets a wetnurse into the story.
12), places him within a female aesthetic economy; in addition, as we shortly discover from Leontes, he had a wetnurse, a practice associated in the early modern period with domesticity and womanliness.
I was sorry for poor Gunda, even though she looks so ugly: red bruises on a skin like the belly of a fish, and that horrible female softness that reminds me of my wetnurse.
One such problem is evident in Sermain's assumption that Charles Perrault was sent to a country wetnurse, whence arose an infant familiarity with the contes he later published (34).
The baby notes that she at last brings joy to someone--the wetnurse, who will earn ten zlotys a week.
WETNURSE s/t (Self Release)--NYC mayhem swings the perpetual pendulum of barraging metal-core.
I have located only a single volume of the Wetnurse Books, which corresponds to the late 1850s and early 1860s.
Gary Cestaro's study, the fifth book in "The William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante Studies" through the University of Notre Dame Press, examines a seemingly trivial, but in the end, central symbol in Dante's thought: the wetnurse as a metaphor for the natural acquisition of the first language.
If a wife, for example, came from a family whose women did not breastfeed their children the husband was obliged to provide a wetnurse for her, as a daughter she was saved from infanticide, which had been the custom among pre-Islamic societies.
It seems the needy public must wait while the police play wetnurse to delinquents at the ratepayers expense.