Definition of nursemaid in English:



  • A woman or girl employed to look after a young child or children.

    • ‘As generations of nursemaids have claimed, ginger ale, America's oldest soda, is an effective stomach soother.’
    • ‘A young nursemaid came forward with two sleeping babies, one only a few months old, the other almost a year.’
    • ‘My grandmother was a nursemaid in high demand with the richest echelons of the London gentry.’
    • ‘Anne moved closer to Amelia, feeling like a little girl again as she nearly clutched her nursemaid's skirts.’
    • ‘Here, she's stuck in Westmount, hovering over a nasty, grumpy old husband, making her less of a life partner and more of a nursemaid.’
    • ‘There are a couple of them in the castle - Hugh MacDonald, who was incarcerated in the cellars with a platter of salt beef and an empty water jug, and the hapless nursemaid, who had the misfortune to drop the son and heir from an upstairs window.’
    • ‘My nursemaid Nysa used to say I was comely child, but I never thought so.’
    • ‘It makes not Germany but France seem - in choral music as in Gluckian drama - the nursemaid of Classicism.’
    • ‘Cared for by nursemaids and educated largely at home, they were isolated from their peers - a fact sometimes compounded by their parents' political zeal.’
    • ‘An unidentified but obviously affluent family is depicted in a richly appointed interior, while in an adjacent room, through an open door, a nursemaid and two children can be seen.’
    • ‘Elsewhere at Great Taplows life is not what it might seem and young Lord Harry's nursemaid, the beautiful and clever Grace May, has painful choices to make about her future.’
    • ‘‘I prefer to be a babysitter than a nursemaid,’ she has also reportedly said.’
    • ‘Moreover, a one income family used to have a sort of safety net in the form of Mom, who could drop housework to become a nursemaid, emergency aid worker, or temporary wage earner.’
    • ‘The care of children was normally the task of parents and the immediate family, but, amongst the wealthy, care was the responsibility of special servants, such as nursemaids or ‘nannies’.’
    • ‘Leopold had a sister Dora who was four years older than he was, and the other member of the household was Aleathea Starling who not only was nursemaid to the two young children but also looked after the family home.’
    • ‘The situations were the predictable ones, showing young boys (but sometimes men) seduced by women in a form of authority - governesses, nursemaids, nurses, schoolteachers, stepmothers.’
    • ‘On each site young women - shopgirls, nursemaids, typists - operated the fire control equipment while men fired the guns.’
    • ‘Then she looked the young nursemaid straight in the eye.’
    • ‘Their offspring were raised by an aunt and a succession of nursemaids.’
    • ‘By the age of four or five, children become nursemaids.’
    nanny, governess, nursery nurse, nurserymaid, childminder, au pair, childcarer
    ayah, amah
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  • Look after or be overprotective towards.

    ‘I haven't got time to nursemaid you through these problems’
    • ‘After slaving to bring up children and nursemaid a man while simultaneously working to boost the family's income, they are the ones left to live out a lonely and unglamorous old age in penury.’
    • ‘Kubrick had been nursemaiding this project along for almost two decades, awaiting the time when technology could produce visual effects at the level demanded by his perfectionism.’
    • ‘Commander Laurel D' ken smiled wryly as the blue haired officer said to Allison, ‘We'll need to nursemaid them a bit but I think they'd be able to manage well enough.’’
    • ‘He wanted to look for Adam, not nursemaid some townie, but he understood what Roy was asking.’
    • ‘It cannot be expected to nursemaid the thousands of firms that are operational in today's market and to do any of them justice.’
    • ‘In actuality she was overly nervous rather than arrogant, however, and Capra nursemaided her through the shooting.’
    • ‘His family have nursemaided him over the last few days.’
    • ‘Poor Chihirae had her classes to attend, as well as nursemaiding me and that can't have been a pleasant job: bedridden, I couldn't use the toilet, I couldn't wash myself, couldn't feed myself.’
    • ‘Major exporters included Navip in Serbia who nursemaided a joint project with the Japanese in a well-equipped winery near Belgrade.’
    pamper, spoil, overindulge, coddle, mollycoddle, cosset, nanny, nursemaid, mother, baby, pet, spoon-feed, feather-bed, wrap in cotton wool, overparent
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