from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A nurse-maid.


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  • Jo considers herself “a literary nursery-maid who provides moral pap for the very young.”

    Louisa May Alcott

  • No, not the sanitised images in our nursery-maid media, but the true life horrors – corpses of kids by the truckload.

    The AfPak Blues

  • The air did her no harm, Mr. Sam, and during the whole of the walk she never cried but once, and then it was at seeing a nursery-maid in the

    The Great Hoggarty Diamond

  • I thought he had been toying affably with a nursery-maid the moment before, who stood with some of her little charges watching the yachts upon the Serpentine.

    The Newcomes

  • I had a row with my brother and sister about a confounded little nursery-maid.

    The Wolves and the Lamb

  • Then the Queen was very angry, and gave the nurse, and the cradle-rocker, and the nursery-maid such a scolding that they shook in their shoes.

    The Red Fairy Book

  • The nursery-maid and the little boy came down at once to look for him, but, though they were so near him that they almost trod on him, they did not notice him.

    The Yellow Fairy Book

  • As she opened it to pass through, her attention was attracted by a lady, with a nursery-maid and two little boys behind her, loitering on the path outside the garden wall.

    No Name

  • I have a cook and a house-maid, and a nursery-maid, and all these children are in the family, more or less.

    Presumption of Death

  • Such were the trials of having the same person serve as cook and nursery-maid, she supposed, trying not to think about the porridge she was eating.

    The Gates Of Sleep


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