wetnurse

wet-nurse

[wet-nurs]
verb (used with object), wet-nursed, wet-nursing.
1.
to act as a wet nurse to (an infant).
2.
to give excessive care or attention to; treat as if helpless: The warden is accused of wet-nursing his prisoners.

Origin:
1775–85

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wet nurse n.
A woman employed to breast-feed a child that is not her own.

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