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nanny

[nan-ee] /ˈnæn i/
noun, plural nannies.
1.
a person, usually with special training, employed to care for children in a household.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; nursery word; compare Welsh nain grandmother, Greek nánna aunt, Russian nyánya nursemaid

Nanny

[nan-ee] /ˈnæn i/
noun
1.
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for nanny

nanny

/ˈnænɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
a nurse or nursemaid for children
2.
  1. any person or thing regarded as treating people like children, esp by being patronizing or overprotective
  2. (as modifier) the nanny state
3.
a child's word for grandmother
verb nannies, nannying, nannied
4.
(intransitive) to nurse or look after someone else's children
5.
(transitive) to be overprotective towards
Word Origin
C19: child's name for a nurse
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Word Origin and History for nanny
nanny
"children's nurse," 1795, from widespread child's word for "female adult other than mother" (cf. Gk. nanna "aunt"). The word also is a nickname form of the fem. proper name Anne, which probably is the sense in nanny goat (1788, cf. billy goat). The verb meaning "to be unduly protective" is from 1954. Nanny-house "brothel" is slang from c.1700.
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Slang definitions & phrases for nanny

nanny

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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