Definition of nanny in English:


Syllabification: nan·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈnanē

noun (plural nannies)

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

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