To my fiery youth's ambition Such a boon were scarcely dear; "Thou shalt live to be a grandame, Work and die, devoid of fear."
She was of massive form and highly equiline features, and looked every inch of her a grandame.
c.1200, "a grandmother; an old woman," from grand (adj.) + dame. Cf. Anglo-French graund dame. Contracted form grannam attested from 1590s.