Definition of nanny in English:

nanny

Pronunciation /ˈnanē/ /ˈnæni/

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nounnannies

  • 1A person, typically a woman, employed to care for a child in its own home.

    ‘One thing we will see a lot more of is nanny-sharing, where two families will join up to employ a nanny and the children mix.’
    • ‘The majority don't work but, however rich they may be, neither do they employ childminders or nannies.’
    • ‘The £50 vouchers will be welcomed by families that employ a nanny, but many are angry at the government's portrayal of the extension of the tax credit.’
    • ‘Although father had employed governesses and nannies for our care during the time he was away, Olga took the most care of us.’
    • ‘This time it's nannies who are sucking our wallets dry: the revelation being that families in the capital who employ a daytime nanny are paying an average of £27,000 a year.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, the Revenue promised anyone employing a nanny, and paying tax and national insurance on her behalf, a £250 tax rebate for filling in the return online.’
    • ‘Do you now, or have you ever, employed a live-in nanny or helper?’
    • ‘So obviously it is better for the economy that women work and employ maids or nannies.’
    • ‘Neither Shawn nor I believe in employing a nanny for the children.’
    • ‘This means that parents would need an income of at least £40,000 just to cover the costs of employing a nanny.’
    • ‘Critics from both the right and the left accuse middle-class women of neglecting their children and exploiting the immigrant women they employ as nannies and housekeepers.’
    • ‘There was no shortage of cash to employ nannies or to send the children to the most expensive private schools.’
    • ‘There have been wet nurses and nannies for generations, for centuries.’
    • ‘The number one cost is childcare, which can run into thousands, be it nurseries, nannies, child minders, au pairs, after school clubs or holiday play schemes.’
    • ‘With both parents working, many children are today cared for in a shared arrangement between the parents and others, such as nurseries, nannies, and child-minders.’
    • ‘Many nurses came from the Philippines to work in Britain's overstretched health service and for private agencies - and a nanny agency is now helping their relatives to seek domestic work.’
    • ‘And after she graduated, she looked through postings for a nanny placement service that was available and found one that sounded like a family she wanted to work for.’
    • ‘He said the airline would be investing heavily in in-flight meals and entertainment and would also offer a nanny service and Indian head massage for passengers.’
    • ‘Men have a limited role in child-rearing, which is primarily the responsibility of the mother and female relatives or nannies.’
    • ‘She also once worked as a nanny in Sydney, but was left destitute when three female flatmates walked out leaving her with bills to pay.’
    nanny, governess, nursery nurse, nurserymaid, au pair
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    1. 1.1A person or institution regarded as interfering and overprotective.
      ‘This too was the nanny state interfering, unenforceable, an infringement of civil liberty.’
      • ‘That would be the over-zealous interference of the nanny state.’
      • ‘This choice should lie with individual proprietors and is not a decision to be made by an interfering nanny state!’
      • ‘Family life and the licensed trade aren't its only casualties: it is helping to turn this country with its natural sense of freedom into a nanny state.’
      • ‘These laws were designed not to protect the public health - the nanny state had still to be invented - but to stop poor people poaching.’
      • ‘But critics believe some of the new advice may be driven by political correctness and a nanny state approach.’
  • 2informal One's grandmother.

  • 3

    (also nanny goat)
    A female goat.

    ‘I watched her swell, taking on the full mass of an Alpine nanny goat, not the petite female she usually went about as.’
    • ‘Surgeons cut a piece from the back of a nanny goat, whose hair resembled all that was left of the girl's fringe, and grafted it to her head.’
    • ‘When his wife brought home a nanny goat in January 2002 from the vet clinic where she works, this couple never suspected it would help them launch a profitable niche business.’
    • ‘In fact, I bleated at it like an aging nanny goat.’
    • ‘This year you too could buy someone in a low income country a mosquito net or a nanny goat.’
    • ‘She and her brother also spent time at their father's wood yard in Chiswick, where they looked after the family's nanny goat and white-haired terrier dog.’
    • ‘More mild mannered than full-sized goats, these little billies and nannies have become the latest must-have pets for Christmas.’
    • ‘He said: ‘We've gradually built up the numbers to the current 500 animals and began to produce milk on a small scale after the nanny goats produced kids in February and March this year.’’
    • ‘He also raises 300 fed cattle, 300 nanny goats and grows 350 acres of crops.’
    • ‘But in the evenings she milked two of the nanny goats outside.’
    • ‘But in the evenings she milked two of the nanny goats outside.’

verbnannies, nannying, nannied

  • 1no object Work as a nanny.

    • ‘she cooked, cleaned, and nannied for a family in California’
  • 2with object Be overprotective towards.

    • ‘stop nannying us! We are capable of dealing with our own lives’
    mollycoddle, be overprotective towards, cosset, coddle, wait on hand and foot, baby, nursemaid
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Origin

Early 18th century pet form of the given name Ann. The verb dates from the 1950s.