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[ gran-dad ]


, Informal.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of granddad1

First recorded in 1810–20; grand- + dad 1
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Example Sentences

The president stares at him, his kind eyes emanating genuine compassion through his granddad spectacles.

Matter of fact, everybody sort of looks up to him as the town granddad.

Besides, I've heard Granddad tell about the Rookery, as he calls it, many times.

I worried so that I hardly slept, and Granddad woke me three or four times to know if you had come back.

I don't know jes what it wuz about, but I reckon my granddad wuz right, and I'll see it through.

And it made me think of my granddad to see what he had on his head—a reg'lar nightcap, tassel and all.


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What does granddad mean?

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

When a father’s child has their own children, that father becomes a granddad.

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

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

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

Where does granddad come from?

The first records of the word granddad come from the 1700s. The word dad 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 prefix great- indicates yet another generation, as in great-grandpa.)

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 granddad, grandpop, grampa, gramps, grandpapa, and grandpappy. Many families have their own specific version, such as Pop-Pop, Poppy, and Pa Pa.

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How is granddad used in real life?

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



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Is granddad used correctly in the following sentence?

I’m a granddad of two and a father of five, so I know a thing or two about temper tantrums.




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