Meaning of wet nurse

wet' nurse"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a woman hired to suckle another's infant.

wet-nurse

Pronunciation: (wet'nûrs"), [key]
— -nursed, -nurs•ing.
  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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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