Word Origin & History
late 13c., "to bring up, nurture" (a child, a feeling, etc.), from O.Fr. norriss-, stem of norrir (Fr. nourir), from L. nutrire "to feed, nurse, foster, support, preserve," from *nutri (older form of nutrix "nurse"), lit. "she who gives suck," from PIE base *(s)nu- "flow, let flow," hence "to suckle"
(cf. Skt. snauti "she drips, gives milk," Gk. nao "I flow").