Definition of Nanny

1. Noun. A woman who is the custodian of children.

Exact synonyms: Nurse, Nursemaid
Specialized synonyms: Dry Nurse, Mammy, Amah, Wet Nurse, Wet-nurse, Wetnurse
Generic synonyms: Keeper, Adult Female, Woman
Derivative terms: Nurse

2. Noun. Female goat.
Exact synonyms: Nanny-goat, She-goat
Terms within: Bag, Udder
Generic synonyms: Caprine Animal, Goat

Definition of Nanny

1. n. A diminutive of Ann or Anne, the proper name.

Definition of Nanny

1. Proper noun. (diminutive=Ann female given name) or Anne. ¹

2. Noun. A child's nurse ¹

3. Noun. (colloquial) A grandmother. ¹

4. Noun. A female goat ¹

5. Verb. (pejorative) To treat like a nanny's charges; to coddle. (defdate From the mid-20th c.) ¹

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Definition of Nanny

1. a children's nurse [n -NIES] : NANNYISH [adj]

Medical Definition of Nanny

1. A diminutive of Ann or Anne, the proper name. Nanny goat, a female goat. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Nanny

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1. The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature by Tobias George Smollett (1779)
"William and nanny ; a Ballad Faret, in T-wa ASs. The M*J!c tj Mr, ... title of fir Charles O'Shannon; Dame Hearty; nanny; and an old Woman. ..."

2. Spiritual Magazine (1868)
"Now, whether nanny was mistaken, or whether this warning was permitted to ... By degrees nanny recovered her health and spirits, but her sadness was long in ..."

3. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions by Robert Chambers, Robert Carruthers (1849)
"Say, canst thou face the flaky gnaw, 0, nanny, when thou'rt far awa, ... 0 nanny, canst thou love so true, Through perils keen wi' me to gae! ..."

4. The London Magazine Enlarged and Improved (1784)
"Frightened at this thought, fhe flew to nanny, and w.xrm!y ... nanny. Why, we always watched for the lime of lier making her ..."

5. Songs, by the Ettrick shepherd by James Hogg (1831)
"AULD JOE NICHOLSON'S nanny WAS written the year before last, for Friendship's Offering, but has since become a favourite, and has been very often copied. ..."

6. The Masterpieces and the History of Literature: Analysis, Criticism by Julian Hawthorne, John Porter Lamberton, John Russell Young, Oliver Herbrand Gordon Leigh (1902)
"THE Scotch version is "O nanny, Wilt Thou Gang wi. Me? ... O nanny, wilt thou go with me, Nor sigh to leave the flaunting town ? ..."

7. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1850)
"Jones then knelt down, put his nose close to nanny's, and, with a coaxing voice ... nanny rose on her hind legs, and again made play with her head; then, ..."

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