Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nurse; one who feeds and nourishes in the place of a, parent; hence, one who or that which promotes or sustains: as, a fosterer of rebellion; intemperance is a fosterer of crime.
- n. One who fosters; one who is somehow designated to care for and nurture someone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, fosters.
“As far as I can see the council - and hence the fosterer - cannot CAUSE the child to be brought up in a different religious persuasion.”
“Through this marriage Joseph was not a mere fosterer, nor was he an adoptive father of Jesus.”
“Then they fared to hunt for him, and parted themselves into companies, and Thorkell fosterer went along the seashore to search.”
“They put him to death at once among the rocks, and it is the story of some men that Thorkell fosterer slew him, because there were no other men who would do it.”
“The fosterer worked very hard with her, but two weeks later, she was still scared.”
“Thing #3: I need a puppy fosterer, and I need it now.”
“Children continue with the fosterer perhaps six years, and cannot, where this is the practice, be considered as burdensome.”
“In Mull, the father sends with his child a certain number of cows, to which the same number is added by the fosterer.”
“The fosterer, if he gives four cows, receives likewise four, and has, while the child continues with him, grass for eight without rent, with half the calves, and all the milk, for which he pays only four cows when he dismisses his Dalt, for that is the name for”
“I think myself, she might possibly have been a hanger-on, nurse, fosterer, or washerwoman, in some Irish family: she spoke a smothered tongue, curiously overlaid with mincing cockney inflections.”
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