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NOURICE, n., v. Also †n(o)ur(r)ice, -is, †noorise(Abd.1768 A. Ross Helenore(S.T.S.) 30); †nur(r)ish, †norish; †ne(e)rice, †nires, †neiris(h) (ne.Sc.); and reduced forms no(a)rse (Abd. 1886 W. Robbie Glendornie xxix.; ‡ne.Sc. 1964) corresp. to Eng. nurse. [′nørɪs; ne.Sc. ′ni-]

I. n. A nurse (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Obs. in Eng. from early 18th c. Mainly liter. and in ballads. Also attrib. Sc. 1721  J. Kelly Proverbs 29:
A Fool of a Nurrish makes a wise Child.
Sc. 1736  Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 53:
Mony a ane kisses the bairn for love of the nurice.
Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 30:
Fan I was young, upo' the neirish knee.
Sc. a.1818  Queen of Elfan's Nourice in
Child Ballads No. 40. ix.:
O keep my bairn, nourice, Till he gang by the hauld.
ne.Sc. 1828–9  Lamkin in
Child Ballads No. 93 N. 2:
O far's the laird o this place? O neerice, tell me.
Hdg. 1844  J. Miller Lamp of Lothian (1900) 225:
Ye nourices that hae bairns to keep.
Sh. 1852  P.S.A.S. I. 86:
An eartly nourris sits and sings And aye she sings, Ba, lily wean!
Abd. 1925  Greig and Keith Last Leaves 72:
“O still my bairn, nerice” she said.
ne.Sc. 1956  Mearns Leader (9 March):
Ye'll rise in a day or twa, if yer noarse cuts oot Shauchie.

Combs.: 1. nourice-fee, nursing fee, the wages given to a wet-nurse (Sc. 1825 Jam.); 2. nourice-skep, -skap, -ship, the place or situation of a nurse (Sc. 1808 Jam.), the art of nursing; the fee given to a nurse (Sc. 1808 Jam.). 1. Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 67:
A gueed nourice-fee, To nurse the King of Elfin's heir Fizzee.
ne.Sc. c.1805  Jolly Beggar in
Child Ballads No. 279 A. xxv.:
Four-an-tuenty hunder mark, to pay the nires feea.
2. Sc. 1819  Scott Bride of Lamm. iii.:
“What is her connexion with the former proprietor's family?” “O, it was something of a nourice-ship, I believe.”
Sc. 1827  C. I. Johnstone Eliz. de Bruce III. v.:
I'm a car-handed man, it's true, wi' little skill in nourcie-skep, be it of bairn or body.

II. v. As in Eng. Vbl.n. nouricing, nursing, a nurse's care and attention. Sc. c.1825  Fair Janet in
Child Ballads No. 64 B. viii.:
I have a babe into my arms He'll die for nouricing.
Abd. 1865  G. Macdonald Alec Forbes lxxix.:
“Hoo's yer mistress, Jeames . . .?” “Nae that ill, but some forfochten wi' norsin' Mr. Alec.”
Dmf. 1885  F. Miller Poets Dmf. (1910) 204:
“My young babe's in my arms,” she says, “That was nouriced in shame and sin.”
Sc.(E) 1913  H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ i. xxiv.:
Blyther nor gin it hed been nouriced i' delichts.

[O.Sc. nuryse, nowrys, a.1400, Mid.Eng. nurice, O.Fr. nurice, no(u)rice, a nurse.]

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