Definition of nanny in English:
noun (plural nannies)
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.
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!
2 (in full 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.
verb (nannies, nannying, nannied)[with object] (usually as noun nannying) Back to top
Be overprotective toward: his well-intentioned nannying
More example sentences
- Well, sort of: in the real world, your first job is more likely to involve spirit-crushing manual labour than it is nannying a precocious tyke with whom you can exchange valuable life-lessons.
- The Government seems to veer between absurd nannying half the time then throwing the rule book away the rest.
- Having said that, I'm not in favour of a ban, because I'm a liberal at heart, and don't think government has any place nannying people.
early 18th century (as a noun): nickname for the given name Ann. The verb dates from the 1950s.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Spain
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in India
Most popular in Pakistan