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nana

[nan-uh] /ˈnæn ə/
noun
1.
Chiefly Northeastern U.S. grandmother; grandma.
2.
Gulf States. godmother.
3.
Chiefly Southeastern U.S. a child's nursemaid; nanny.
Origin of nana
1835-1845
1835-45; nursery word; cf. nanny
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  • It was originally intended that the part should be played by nana.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • She bought the estate known as La Mignotte after nana tired of it.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • He became for a time the lover of nana, but treated her so abominably that she left him.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • He fell into the hands of nana, however, and was soon completely ruined.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • And she left off speaking, hiding nana in her skirt, fearing a cry from the little one.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for nana

nana

/ˈnɑːnə/
noun
1.
(slang) a fool
2.
(Austral, slang) the head
3.
(Austral, slang) do one's nana, to become very angry
4.
(Austral, slang) off one's nana, mad; insane
Word Origin
C19: probably from banana
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Word Origin and History for nana

child's word for "grandmother" or, sometimes, "nurse," first recorded c.1844 (see nanny).

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