Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A children's nurse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A child's nurse
  • n. A grandmother.
  • n. A female goat

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A diminutive of Ann or Anne, the proper name.
  • n. a caretaker for a child; a child's nurse; a nursemaid.
  • n. Grandmother; -- a child's word, used especially as a form of address. See also nana.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A nanny-goat.
  • n. In coal-mining, a natural joint, crack, or slip in the coal-measures: nearly the same as cleat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. female goat
  • n. a woman who is the custodian of children

Etymologies

Alteration of nana.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has used the phrase "nanny state."

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  • I hope for every drunken nanny (that's what we call the nanny in my big sis's comment), there is a Laura and that she will be walking down your cul de sac soon and knowcking on your door.

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  • Like they have their own place separate from the Donald and his latest, as if the nanny is the mommy?

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  • I remember Anson Guthrie remarking once that when he was young, Sweden was what he called a nanny state, but it got rid of that and nowadays people there are more free than in most countries, including North America.

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  • When you're at work, these strangers you call their nanny are the ones interacting with your kids.

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  • Sara Gran quickly nails the fundamental weakness of CF's argument of "telling other women not to work and to raise their kids themselves ... as she's writing books and a nanny is watching her kids."

    Magazines

  • If a nanny is of use to their project, she will be enlisted.

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  • "Whenever I called the nanny agencies [for work] before, right away they'd give me some families who wanted to interview me," says Natasha Ivanov, a Mountain View resident who has worked as a nanny here for 15 years.

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  • I worked as a private nanny from the age of 20 to 26 and as a maternity nurse and kindergarden teacher until I was married at 36.

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  • On August 17th 2009, Ashley wrote: the nanny is one of the best comdeys ever made!

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  • Holmes sometimes calls Mrs. Hudson this.

    June 13, 2012

  • "Children, look what Mummy's brought! A new Nanny! Come and say 'How do you do?'" - ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    (Note the use of "nanny" instead of "nurse" -- what would Nancy Mitford have said about its U-ness?)

    December 24, 2008