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[grand-sahyuh r]
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  1. a grandfather.
  2. Archaic.
    1. a forefather.
    2. an aged man.

Origin of grandsire

1250–1300; Middle English graunt-sire < Anglo-French. See grand-, sire
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Historical Examples

  • His grandsire would not tell him of these things; perhaps his grandsire did not know.

    A Little Book of Profitable Tales

    Eugene Field

  • And presently, chagrined with failure, the culprit was before his grandsire.

  • The fame of his grandsire, the Tickell of Addison, was not hurt by the descent to him.

    The English Spy

    Bernard Blackmantle

  • When I was a youth, his grandsire was my friend; I had some fancies then myself.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • It was Joseph, the grandsire of Napoleon, who received them.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

    William Milligan Sloane

British Dictionary definitions for grandsire


  1. an archaic word for grandfather


  1. bell-ringing a well-established method used in change-ringingSee method (def. 4)
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Word Origin and History for grandsire


late 13c., from Anglo-French graunt sire; see grand (adj.) + sire (n.).

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