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[gran-mah, -maw, grand-, gram-, gram-muh] /ˈgrænˌmɑ, -ˌmɔ, ˈgrænd-, ˈgræm-, ˈgræm mə/
noun, Informal.
Origin of grandma
First recorded in 1865-70; grand- + ma
Can be confused
grammar, grandma, grandmother. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for grandma
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  • "grandma Loekermann did it at the convent, ages ago," she told him.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Somehow they've got it into their heads it's grandma comin'.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • She's goin' to have a new hat, and her grandma said she might come down with me to pick it out.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • A smile lights the dear, aged face, and again grandma takes up her story.

    Grandma's Memories Mary D. Brine
  • I am going to my grandma's soon, and I expect to have a nice time.

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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