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[gran-pah, -paw, grand-, gram-, gram-puh] /ˈgrænˌpɑ, -ˌpɔ, ˈgrænd-, ˈgræm-, ˈgræm pə/
noun, Informal.
Origin of grandpa
1885-90; grand- + pa Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "May as well give the young-ones some of the grub we bought," grandpa said patiently.

    Across the Fruited Plain Florence Crannell Means
  • grandpa's oatmeal and milk finished, Johnnie urged the prunes upon him.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • grandpa says by the time you were fourteen it got so bad he had to get a new front gate, the way they leaned on it.

    Gentle Julia Booth Tarkington
  • The grin narrowed as he remembered that grandpa was alone in the flat.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • grandpa said they'd better work it out, since it might be hard to find jobs near by.

    Across the Fruited Plain Florence Crannell Means
British Dictionary definitions for grandpa


/ˈɡrænˌpɑː; ˈɡrænd-; ˈɡræm-/
informal words for grandfather
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grandpa

1814, childish or familiar form of grandfather (see pa). Grandpappa is recorded from 1753, grandpop from 1860, grandpappy from 1853.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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