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[gran-mah, -maw, grand-, gram-, gram-muh] /ˈgrænˌmɑ, -ˌmɔ, ˈgrænd-, ˈgræm-, ˈgræm mə/
noun, Informal.
Origin of grandma
1865-70; grand- + ma
Can be confused
grammar, grandma, grandmother. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for grandma
  • Lose that neuron, and you no longer recognize grandma.
  • Evolution favored children whose grandma lived long enough to raise them while the parents were grubbing out an existence.
  • Instead of talking to mom or dad or grandma or grandpa for free you have to pay for it today.
  • We need intelligent targeted measures in addition to the blanket measures which have grandma getting a pat down.
  • Furthermore let's go talk to grandma and clear all this up once and for all.
  • Thanks so much for including my great-grandma's recipe.
  • If she says that it will use the photo of your grandma for the cover of your book, mark that down.
  • Actually, it's not grandma that needs to worry about being thrown under a bus.
  • If your family vehicle is equipped for remote piloting, a service could drive sonny or grandma around town.
  • These mellow, munchy slices bring back memories of grandma's fragrant pickle crock under the cellar stairs.
British Dictionary definitions for grandma


/ˈɡrænˌmɑː; ˈɡrænd-; ˈɡræm-/
informal words for grandmother
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grandma

1793, childish or familiar form of grandmother (see ma). Grandmama is recorded from 1749.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for grandma


  1. The lowest and slowest gear of a truck; creeper (1940s+ Truckers)
  2. Any old woman: Can I carry your groceries, grandma? (1940s+)

[the second sense's date must be much earlier]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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