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Nuris, -ice, -eis(e, Noris, Nourice, n. Also: nwr-, nurr-, nowr-, nourr- and -ise, -ys(e, -yis, -yce, -es, -eis, -eice. [ME. nurice (Ancr. R.), -es (c 1440), norice (c 1290), -ise, -yce, e.m.E. nouryce (Caxton), nouris, OF. nurise, -isce, nor(r)ice, nour(r)ice: cf. also Nurisch and Nurs. The (a) forms (nuris, etc.) are appar. chiefly Sc. Also plur. without inflexion.]

1. A woman employed to care for a small child; esp. one who suckles the child, a wet-nurse or foster-mother. Also freq. applied to a woman who has formerly been an adult person's foster-mother. Const. the possessive and to (also of), both of the child and of the child's parent as employer. Maistres nurice, see Maistres n. 1 b. (1) & gat a nuryse gud in hy The quylk hyme fosterit tendirly; Leg. S. xxvii. 47.
With thair barnys with nwrys and famuliaris; 1482 Wemyss Chart. 99.
Myll Spect. 284/27, 28.
Seven S. 450.
Nurises; 1502–3 Treas. Acc. II. 296; etc.
In ȝowth on nureis [M. nwreice] kne; Dunb. xxii. 61.
Deir nurys, quod scho, [etc.]; Doug. iv. xi. 102.
& the nureis McMath; 1525 Wigtown B. Ct. 168 a.
To thre nuresis to foster he him gaue, The first nureis to giue him suck and feid, The nixt him wesche [etc.]; Rolland Seven S. 1714, 1715.
Mony mischeifis … Hes oft occurit be nureis negligence; Ib. 2014.
Nwreis; 1566 Treas. Acc. MS. 38.
Nwryis; 1570 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 651/2.
Nurices; 1574 St. A. Kirk S. 391.
The mother or the nurice; Balfour Pract. 378.
Nureis; 1584 Edinb. Test. XIII. 274 b.
Jonat Wid, nureise in Clolinand; 1607 Dundonald Par. Rec. 144.
Nurice, from nutrix, quhilk the south calles nurse; Hume Orthog. 20.
Helen Boutron nureis … Issobell Steill nurreis; 1633 Edinb. Test. LVI. 172.
uninfl. pl. For mylk to the twa nurreis; 1512 Household Bk. Jas. IV 26a.
(b) Noris; 1497 Treas. Acc. I. 378.
Norises; 1506 Ib. III. 168.
The babbis vpone the noryse kne; Lynd. Mon. 3467.
And ane noreis that fostrit Jannat Cuthbert; 1562 Inverness Rec. I. 91.
Quhair yit scho is noris; 1565 Canongate Kirk S. (ed.) 21.
Norisses; 1566 Ib. 50.
Carmichael Prov. No. 1710.
(c) One Fryday bot anys wald he The nowrys suk; Leg. S. xxvi. 40.
Nourrice; 1590 Crim. Trials I. ii. 193.
To ane off the nourices; 1638 Household Bk. M. Stewart 25.
(2) It tyd his noryse for to be Sitand & had hym on hyr kne; Leg. S. xxvii. 169.
Hire nowrise; Ib. xliv. 93.
To my lordis nurys; 1474 Treas. Acc. I. 39.
His fyrst norys … Till him scho come; Wall. ii. 258.
1500 Treas. Acc. II. 40.
Thy nowreis and thy auld maistres; Lynd. Complaynt 83.
That my noryce had smorde me in my cude; Id. Trag. Card. 189.
The auld Quenys nures; 1538 Treas. Acc. VII. 122.
My nowris haueand the barne on hyr kne; 1564 Inverness Rec. I. 119.
Nourrice; 1590 Crim. Trials I. ii. 195.
Jonett Drummond, sumtyme your nwrice; 1591 Ib. 252.
Your sumtyme nurrice; Ib.
To ilk ane of hir tua nwreisis x li. … to the auld nureis [etc.]; 1597 Edinb. Test. XXXI. 254.
1611–12 Misc. Spald. C. V. 86.
For burding of hir nvreis and barne; 1615 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. II. 177.
(3) To Brounfeildis wyff that suld have beyne nurice to the prince; 1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 340.
To ane nurice to the prince, callit Blakwod; Ib. 356.
Nurys vmquhile to Sychey hir husband; Doug. iv. xi. 100.
Ib. v. xi. 90.
Jaine Syncler, nureis to our soveraine lady; ? 1552–3 Balcarres P. 313.
Annabell Adeson, nurice to Mr. Robert Ayrth in Couper and harlot to [etc.]; 1564 St. A. Kirk S. 193.
(4) To the vj rokkaris and nurisis of the Kingis and umquhill my lord dukis his brothiris; 1515–16 Treas. Acc. V. 74.
The nuris of Eder; Boece ii. xii. 84.

b. (To put to) nurse. — Gif I him put to foster and to nurice; Alex. (Taym.) 175.

c. Applied more generally to the woman (or, in myths etc., female animal) who suckles or has suckled a child, including the natural mother and foster-mothers who are not hired nurses. Irland Asl. MS. I. 41/6.
Nurys to God and moder of fauouris; Kennedy
Ib. II. 272/5.
Than with the glitterand wolf skyn our his aray, Cled in his nurys [Sm. nwreis, Ruddim. nuris; Comm. nuryce] talbert glaid and gay, Romulus [etc.]; Doug. i. v. 80.
Ilk moder wes nurice to her awin barne; Bell. Boece I. lvi.
As for young barnis … thair nurissis quha giffis thame nutriment [etc.]; Skeyne Descr. Pest 44.
And becaws sche is ane nwreis substractis hir from the ciuill pwnisment quhill the barne be fosterit; 1578 Perth Kirk S. MS. 19 May.
A yeir a nurice seaven yeirs a daw; Carmichael Prov. No. 258.

d. transf. and e. fig. d. Juppiter … nureis to all thingis generabill; Henr. Test. Cress. 171.
Fair Phebus … Tender nureis and banischer of nicht; Ib. 199.
God … commands quenis to be nurisses unto His people; Knox II. 283.
e. Fader of falset norys of iniquite; Contempl. Sinn. 61 (Asl.).
This carnal concupiscence, the mother and nuris of syn; Hamilton Cat. 116.
Fair weill the nvreis of gentilnes; Bann. MS. 225 b/31.
Noblest natour, nurice to nurtour; Scott i. 221.
Faith … the fosteres and nurice of a blissed marriage; 1594 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 261.

2. Applied to a male person who fosters a child. Scho … gefine wes to fostir & fede … Til a man … & … scho nedit for to kepe Fore faut of helpe ilke day schepe Of hyre nuryse; Leg. S. xxviii. 85.

3. A woman who tends the sick or injured. Also e.m.E. (1590, Shakesp.) in this sense. He saw him lyane allace in swoun … Syne for ane nvreis thay send belyfe Quha brocht with hir [etc.]; Bann. MS. 107 a/12.

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