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Definition of gramps

noun Informal.
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Origin of gramps

First recorded in 1860–65; see origin at grandpa, -s4
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What does gramps mean?

Gramps is an informal word for grandfather—the father of a person’s parent.

It’s a variant of the word grandpa, which is commonly pronounced like grampa. Similar words for a grandmother are gran and granny.

Gramps should be capitalized when it’s used as a proper name, as in Please tell Gramps that I miss him. 

But gramps does not need to be capitalized when it’s simply used as a way to refer to him, as in Please tell my gramps that I miss him. 

Example: It doesn’t matter what you call your gramps, as long as you call him.

Where does gramps come from?

The first records of the word gramps come from the 1860s. Gramps comes from grandpa, in which the word pa (a shortening of papa) is an informal way to say father. The prefix grand- is used in family terms to indicate a person who is one generation removed, as in grandparent and grandchild. The suffix -s is sometimes used to form nicknames and names expressing affection or familiarity, such as in pops (an informal word for one’s father).

Grandfathers often have special bonds with their grandchildren (who they’re known to spoil with love, affection, and candy). It’s common for grandchildren to refer to their grandfathers with informal names. Grandpa is perhaps the most common variant of the word grandfather, but there are many others, including gramps, grampa, grandpop, grandpapa, and grandpappy. Many families have their own specific version, such as Pop-Pop, Poppy, and Pa Pa.

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How is gramps used in real life?

Gramps is one of the many informal variants of the word grandfather. When it’s used as a proper name, Gramps should be capitalized.

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Is gramps used correctly in the following sentence?

My gramps is 98 years old and is as active as ever.

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