[ gran-pah, -paw, grand-, gram-, gram-puh ]
/ ˈgrænˌpɑ, -ˌpɔ, ˈgrænd-, ˈgræm-, ˈgræm pə /
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noun Informal.
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Origin of grandpa

First recorded in 1885–90; grand- + pa
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What does grandpa mean?

Grandpa 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 grandpa. The word pa is an informal way to say father.

Grandpa is often combined with a name, especially when a person has two grandfathers that they call Grandpa, as in Grandpa Carl andGrandpa Frank. 

Should grandpa be capitalized?

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

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

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

Where does grandpa come from?

The first records of the word grandpa come from the late 1700s. The word pa is a shortening of papa, which is first recorded in the 1600s but was certainly used in speech much earlier than that. 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.)

Grandpas 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 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 grandpa used in real life?

Grandpa is perhaps the most common informal way of saying grandfather. When it’s used as a proper name, Grandpa should be capitalized.



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Is grandpa used correctly in the following sentence?

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

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British Dictionary definitions for grandpa


grandpapa (ˈɡrænpəˌpɑː, ˈɡrænd-)

/ (ˈɡrænˌpɑː, ˈɡrænd-, ˈɡræm-) /

informal words for grandfather
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