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[nurs-meyd] /ˈnɜrsˌmeɪd/
Also called nurserymaid. a woman or girl employed to care for a child or several children, especially in a household.
verb (used with object)
to act as a nursemaid to; to take care of or look after protectively.
Origin of nursemaid
1650-60; nurse + maid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I say there have been women—a woman I'll say, even—a nursemaid, whom I have seen in this park—a perfect Juno.

  • And he uttered a groan which made a nursemaid turn and stare.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • Ten minutes later, I saw a nursemaid with three children, who were rolling in the sand.

  • So she salved her nursemaid's conscience—with the help of the fifty pounds.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • What the child is in the hands of the nursemaid, we may see anywhere.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • "It is rude to point," says the nursemaid to her little charge.

  • The younger and the nursemaid each and all saw a lady in white come into the smaller room, and then slowly glide by and fade away.

  • "At fourteen and sixteen we surely don't need a nursemaid," sniffed Marjorie.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • After the birth of her fourth child, the work grew too hard for her and a nursemaid had to be engaged.

    Married August Strindberg
  • Harvey Rolfe had no choice but to repeat what seemed good to Louie the nursemaid.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
British Dictionary definitions for nursemaid


a woman or girl employed to look after someone else's children Often shortened to nurse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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