nana

[nan-uh]
noun
1.
Chiefly Northeastern U.S. grandmother; grandma.
2.
Gulf States. godmother.
3.
Chiefly Southeastern U.S. a child's nursemaid; nanny.

Origin:
1835–45; nursery word; cf. nanny

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nan, nana or nanna (næn, ˈnænə)
 
n
a child's words for grandmother
 
[see nanny; compare Greek nanna aunt, Medieval Latin nonna old woman]
 
nana, nana or nanna
 
n
 
[see nanny; compare Greek nanna aunt, Medieval Latin nonna old woman]
 
nanna, nana or nanna
 
n
 
[see nanny; compare Greek nanna aunt, Medieval Latin nonna old woman]

nana (ˈnɑːnə)
 
n
1.  slang a fool
2.  slang (Austral) the head
3.  slang (Austral) do one's nana to become very angry
4.  slang (Austral) off one's nana mad; insane
 
[C19: probably from banana]

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nana
child's word for "grandmother" or, sometimes, "nurse" is first recorded c.1844 (see nanny).
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NANA

// [Usenet] The newsgroups news.admin.net-abuse.*, devoted to fighting spam and network abuse. Each individual newsgroup is often referred to by adding a letter to NANA. For example, NANAU would refer to news.admin.net-abuse.usenet.

When spam began to be a serious problem around 1995, and a loose network of anti-spammers formed to combat it, spammers immediately accused them of being the backbone cabal, or the Cabal reborn. Though this was not true, spam-fighters ironically accepted the label and the tag line "There is No Cabal" reappeared (later, and now commonly, abbreviated to "TINC"). Nowadays "the Cabal" is generally understood to refer to the NANA regulars.
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The truck opens and out comes his kindly-looking nana with a big tray of candy.
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