[gran-mah, -maw, grand-, gram-, gram-muh]

noun Informal.

Origin of grandma

First recorded in 1865–70; grand- + ma
Can be confusedgrammar grandma grandmother Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for grandma

matriarch, ancestor, granny, grandma, dowager, gram

Examples from the Web for grandma

Contemporary Examples of grandma

Historical Examples of grandma

  • "Grandma Loekermann did it at the convent, ages ago," she told him.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Somehow they've got it into their heads it's grandma comin'.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • She's goin' to have a new hat, and her grandma said she might come down with me to pick it out.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • A smile lights the dear, aged face, and again Grandma takes up her story.

    Grandma's Memories

    Mary D. Brine

  • I am going to my grandma's soon, and I expect to have a nice time.

British Dictionary definitions for grandma


grandmama or grandmamma (ˈɡrænməˌmɑː, ˈɡrænd-)


informal words for grandmother
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for grandma

1793, childish or familiar form of grandmother (see ma). Grandmama is recorded from 1749.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper