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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. 2017.
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  • The loss of my watch had made the thought of grannie painful again.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • No, Willie; grannie's body goes to the grave, but grannie herself is gone to heaven.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • grannie's bed, with its white curtains, looked as if it were mouldering away after her.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • It was icy cold, just like my grannie's when my aunt had made me touch it.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • From that moment I loved my grannie, and felt I owed her something as well as my uncle.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • I think it was because I was staring at it too much, grannie.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • It would be more exact to say he thought of Katherine and grannie.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • grannie had lit two candles—one for herself and her husband, the other for Nancy Joe.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • grannie chuckled knowingly at that, and wiped her eyes with the corner of her apron.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Next morning she was up and was dressing when grannie came into the room with a cup of tea.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for grannie


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 grannie



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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