A nanny is a full-time babysitter, someone whose job is taking care of a family's children. If you're a lucky kid, your nanny will be like Mary Poppins or Maria from "A Sound of Music."

Being a nanny goes beyond hourly childcare — a nanny is usually the person who spends the most time with a baby or child. A nanny might feed, bathe, play with, and otherwise care for a toddler, or drive an older child to ballet lessons. Most nannies work in the child's home, sometimes even living there. A completely different definition of nanny is "female goat." The word's origin is probably as a nickname for Ann, a generic woman's name, though it's also traditionally used for "close female adult," such as an aunt.

Definitions of nanny
  1. noun
    a person who is the custodian of children
    synonyms: nurse, nursemaid
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    dry nurse
    a nurse who cares for but does not suckle an infant
    amah, wet nurse, wet-nurse, wetnurse
    a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
    type of:
    someone in charge of other people
    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
  2. noun
    female goat
    synonyms: nanny-goat, she-goat
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    type of:
    caprine animal, goat
    any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns
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