Caregiver vs Nurse - What's the difference?

caregiver | nurse |

As nouns the difference between caregiver and nurse

is that caregiver is while nurse is (archaic) a wet-nurse.

As a verb nurse is

to breast feed.




(en noun)
  • nurse


    (wikipedia nurse)


    (en noun)
  • (archaic) A wet-nurse.
  • A person (usually a woman) who takes care of other people’s young.
  • They hired a nurse to care for their young boy
  • A person trained to provide care for the sick.
  • The nurse made her rounds through the hospital ward
  • One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like.
  • * Burke
  • the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise
  • (nautical) A lieutenant or first officer who takes command when the captain is unfit for his place.
  • A larva of certain trematodes, which produces cercariae by asexual reproduction.
  • A nurse shark.
  • Usage notes

    * Some speakers consider nurses (medical workers) to be female by default, and thus use "male nurse" to refer to a man doing the same job.


  • to breast feed
  • She believes that nursing her baby will make him strong and healthy .
  • to care for the sick
  • She nursed him back to health.
  • to treat kindly and with extra care
  • She nursed the rosebush and that season it bloomed.
  • to drink slowly
  • to foster, to nourish
  • to hold closely to one's chest
  • Would you like to nurse the puppy?
  • to strike (billiard balls) gently, so as to keep them in good position during a series of shots
  • * 1866 , United States. Congress. Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, Supplemental report of the Joint Committee
  • It is to our interest to let Lee and Johnston come together, just as a billiard-player would nurse the balls when he has them in a nice place.

    Usage notes

    In sense “to drink slowly”, generally negative and particularly used for someone at a bar, suggesting they either cannot afford to buy another drink or are too miserly to do so. By contrast, sip is more neutral.


    * (drink slowly) sip, see also

    Derived terms

    * nurse practitioner * wet nurse, wet-nurse

    See also

    * matron * sister


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