Nanny vs. Ninny

By Jaxson

  • Nanny

    A nanny provides child care within the children’s family setting. Traditionally, nannies were servants in large households and reported directly to the lady of the house. Today, modern nannies, like other domestic workers, may live in or out of the house, depending on their circumstances and those of their employers. There are many employment agencies that specialize in childcare.

    Nannies differ slightly from other child care providers. A childminder works out of her own home, operating as a small business; depending on the country they live in, government registration may or may not be required, within the UK, a childminder must be Ofsted registered, hold a current paediatric first aid qualification, public liability insurance and follow the EYFS just like a nursery. A mother’s helper, who may live in or out, assists the woman of the house with general chores as well as caring for the children. The term au pair usually refers to an untrained young woman (or occasionally man), who comes from abroad to live in the host family and learn the local culture and language, while helping with the children. A governess concentrates on educating children inside their own home, and a Kindergarten or schoolteacher does the same, but in a school environment.

  • Nanny (noun)

    A child’s nurse.

  • Nanny (noun)

    A grandmother.

  • Nanny (noun)

    A female goat.

  • Nanny (verb)

    To serve as a nanny.

  • Nanny (verb)

    To treat like a nanny’s charges; to coddle. From the mid-20th c.

  • Ninny (noun)

    A silly or foolish person.


  • Nanny (noun)

    a person, typically a woman, employed to look after a child in its own home.

  • Nanny (noun)

    a person or institution regarded as interfering and overprotective.

  • Nanny (noun)

    one’s grandmother.

  • Nanny (noun)

    a female goat.

  • Nanny (verb)

    work as a nanny

    “nannying and au pair work are not well paid”

  • Nanny (verb)

    be overprotective towards

    “his well-intentioned nannying”

Oxford Dictionary

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