grandfather's clock

or grandfather clock


noun

a pendulum floor clock having a case as tall as or taller than a person; tall-case clock; long-case clock.

Nearby words

  1. grandeur,
  2. grandfather,
  3. grandfather clause,
  4. grandfather clock,
  5. grandfather's chair,
  6. grandfatherly,
  7. grandgent,
  8. grandiflora,
  9. grandiloquence,
  10. grandiloquent

Origin of grandfather's clock

First recorded in 1890–95

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British Dictionary definitions for grandfather clock

grandfather clock

noun

any of various types of long-pendulum clocks in tall standing wooden cases, usually between six and eight feet tallAlso called: longcase clock
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