Pronunciation Noun

nanny (plural nannies)

  1. A child's nurse.
  2. (colloquial) A grandmother.
  3. (US, colloquial) A godmother.
  4. A female goat.
    • 1983, Douglas H. Chadwick, A Beast the Color of Winter: The Mountain Goat Observed, Bison Books (2002), ISBN 0803264216, page 159 ↗:
      Breeding is a consuming goal, and the ascendance of the sex drive is nearly as apparent in the behavior of a mountain goat billy. So given over is he to following and defending a succession of nannies as he searches for one in heat (estrus), he loses interest in food altogether; […]
    • 2005, Richard Cannings, The Rockies: A Natural History, Greystone Books (2005), ISBN 9781553651147, page 103 ↗:
      Nannies and billies look very similar, both having dangerously sharp, curved black horns.
    • 2013, Janet Hurst, The Whole Goat Handbook: Recipes, Cheese, Soap, Crafts & More, Voyageur Press (2013), ISBN 9780760342367, page 28 ↗:
      A farmer friend keeps a video camera in the barn so she can turn on her goat cam and observe her animals at any time of the day or night. A baby monitor picks up the sounds of a nanny when she goes into labor—if the nanny is one who changes the usual pitch of her voice or nervously bleats during kidding.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Verb

nanny (nannies, present participle nannying; past and past participle nannied)

  1. (intransitive, transitive) To serve as a nanny.
  2. (transitive, pejorative) To treat like a nanny's charges; to coddle. [From the mid-20th c.]

Proper noun
  1. A female given name or Anne.

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