Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nurse who attends and feeds a child, but does not suckle it. Compare wet-nursc.
- n. One who stands to another in a relation somewhat similar; hence, especially, an inferior who instructs his superior in his duties.
- To feed, attend, and bring up without suckling.
- To instruct in the duties of a higher rank or position than one's own.
- n. A nurse who takes care of a baby, but does not breastfeed
- v. take care of an infant without breastfeeding it
“Father Eustace played the same part in the Monastery as the old general who, in foreign armies, is placed at the elbow of the Prince of the Blood, who nominally commands in chief, on condition of attempting nothing without the advice of his dry-nurse; and he shared the fate of all such dry-nurses, being heartily disliked as well as feared by his principal.”
“My dry-nurse never desires anything of me that is not reasonable, and for my own good; and therefore I like to be with him.”
“Egad I have a dry-nurse too, but I never looked into”
“All morning with thy dry-nurse; all the evening in formal fine company; and all day long afraid of Old Daddy in England.”
“As to Moore, no one now ventured to inquire about him: Mrs. Horsfall had him at dry-nurse: it was she who was to do for him; and the general conjecture now ran that she did for him accordingly.”
“But Tom had taken it up, and meant to stick to it, and go through with it so as to satisfy himself; in which resolution he was much assisted by the chafing of East and his other old friends, who began to call him "dry-nurse," and otherwise to break their small wit on him.”
“What man of your acquaintance could turn dry-nurse -- tend even his own babes twelve hours out of the twenty-four?”
“Cripplegate; and her grandmother, for long and long, not only head dry-nurse to one of the noblest families in all England, but _bona fide_ twenty-two stone avoirdupois -- so that it was once proposed, by the undertaker, to bury her at twice!”
“His familiar appeals to the trifling matters of ordinary life, his characters all philosophizing, from the prince to the dry-nurse, his excellent reasons for doing right or wrong, as the case might be, must have been inestimably delightful to the accommodating morals of the Athenians.”
“Mother Church is but a dry-nurse, singing while her infant moans;”
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