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[gran-ee] /ˈgræn i/
noun, plural grannies.
Informal. a grandmother.
an elderly woman.
a fussy person.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a nurse or midwife.
adjective, grannier, granniest for 6.
of, relating to, or thought to be like a grandmother or an elderly or old-fashioned woman:
granny notions about what's proper.
(of clothing for women or girls) being loose-fitted and having such features as high necklines, puff sleeves, long skirts, and ruffles and lace trimmings:
a granny blouse; a granny nightgown.
Origin of granny
1655-65; grand(mother) + -y2, with -nd- > -nn- Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • “I guess no one did except the foolish man, now long dead, who hid them there,” said granny.

  • granny had a good idea: she knew what a little glutton Tyltyl was.

    The Blue Bird for Children Georgette Leblanc
  • If Ka-kee-ta was protector of the royal person granny proposed to be the keeper of the royal purse.

    The Amazing Inheritance Frances R. Sterrett
  • I will have this Puritan devil,” he swore, “if the King do not play the granny.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • "We will stay right in our cosy bungalow, granny, until the snow melts," said Uncle Squeaky.

    Grand-Daddy Whiskers, M.D. Nellie M. Leonard
British Dictionary definitions for granny


noun (pl) -nies
informal words for grandmother
(informal) an irritatingly fussy person
a revolving cap on a chimneypot that keeps out rain, etc
(Southern US) a midwife or nurse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for granny

1660s, according to OED, most likely a diminutive and contraction of grannam, shortened form of grandame, rather than from grandmother. The sailor's granny knot (by 1803, originally granny's knot, so called because "it is the natural knot tied by women or landsmen" [Smyth, "Sailor's Word-Book," 1867]. Granny Smith apples (1895) named for Maria Ann Smith (d.1870) of Australia, who originated them.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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