[ gran-pap-ee, grand-, gram- ]
/ ˈgrænˌpæp i, ˈgrænd-, ˈgræm- /
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noun, plural grand·pap·pies.Dialect.
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Origin of grandpappy

First recorded in 1935–40; grand- + pappy2
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What does grandpappy mean?

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

A much more common synonym is grandpa. The word pappy is an informal way to say father (and it’s sometimes also used as an informal term for grandfather).

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

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

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

Where does grandpappy come from?

The first records of the word grandpappy come from around the 1800s. The word pappy is first recorded in the 1700s and comes from the word papa, another informal word meaning “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-grandpappy.)

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

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How is grandpappy used in real life?

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



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Is grandpappy used correctly in the following sentence?

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

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