Children continue with the fosterer perhaps six years; and cannot, where this is the practice, be considered as burdensome.
It is the parent, the fosterer, the sole supporter of the slave-trade.
I envied the philosophy of the fosterer and his brother-in-law elect.
Yea, full surely they shall; have thou courage, my fosterer!
While the unblushing Jew was delivering his humane appeal, the fosterer grew pale with rage, the girl red with indignation.
He was my fosterer, who taught me all a chieftain should feel, and I shall not now accuse him on the foolish fancy of a woman.
I found, on opening the packet, four letters addressed to me, and two to the fosterer.
She was often overburdened with work, for every charitable institution sought her as a "fosterer."
But Knut is to his fosterer gone To deal in deeds of peace alone.
Thorkel the fosterer joined company with the earl, who gave him the ship which he brought with him from the west.
Old English *fostrian "to supply with food, nourish, support," from fostor "food, nourishment, bringing up," from Proto-Germanic *fostrom, from root *foth-/*fod- (see food).
Meaning "to bring up a child with parental care" is from c.1200; that of "to encourage or help grow" is early 13c. of things; 1560s of feelings, ideas, etc. Old English also had the adjective meaning "in the same family but not related," in fostorfæder, etc. Related: Fostered; fostering.