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or grannie

[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. 2016.
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  • At first it had seemed delightful to go to grannie, but now she thought anything was better than being where she was not wanted.

  • "I have scarcely looked at Venus since you were injured, grannie," he answered.

  • So he said, “grannie, what is there in all these jars and jugs?”

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  • "I am not going, grannie," said the Prophet, overwhelmed with contrition.

  • grannie and Mother went on playing cards and took no notice.

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  • “It might be grannie and he,” said Katie, with a little impatient wonder.

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  • While still in bed he had heard grannie and Nancy in the room below.

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  • grannie had a little of the spirit of which Katie had a good deal.

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  • Katie came now and then, and looked in, but she did not speak, except once to say that grannie was sleeping still.

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  • grannie has been sleeping, but she is awake now, and has been asking for you.

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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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