Definitions for wet nurse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wet nurse, wet-nurse, wetnurse, amah(verb)

    a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else

  2. breastfeed, suckle, suck, nurse, wet-nurse, lactate, give suck(verb)

    give suck to

    "The wetnurse suckled the infant"; "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"


  1. wet nurse(Noun)

    A woman hired to suckle another woman's child.

  2. wet nurse(Noun)

    Someone who treats someone else with excessive care.

  3. wet nurse(Verb)

    To act as a wet nurse (in either sense.)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wet nurse

    a nurse who suckles a child, especially the child of another woman. Cf. Dry nurse


  1. 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.

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