- Informal. a grandmother.
- an elderly woman.
- a fussy person.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a nurse or midwife.
- granny knot.
- 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
Examples from the Web for grannie
The loss of my watch had made the thought of grannie painful again.
No, Willie; grannie's body goes to the grave, but grannie herself is gone to heaven.
Grannie's bed, with its white curtains, looked as if it were mouldering away after her.
It was icy cold, just like my grannie's when my aunt had made me touch it.
From that moment I loved my grannie, and felt I owed her something as well as my uncle.
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.