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granny

or gran·nie

[gran-ee]
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noun, plural gran·nies.
  1. Informal. a grandmother.
  2. an elderly woman.
  3. a fussy person.
  4. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a nurse or midwife.
  5. granny knot.
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adjective, gran·ni·er, gran·ni·est for 6.
  1. of, relating to, or thought to be like a grandmother or an elderly or old-fashioned woman: granny notions about what's proper.
  2. (of clothing for women or girls) being loose-fitted and having such features as high necklines, puff sleeves, long skirts, and ruffles and lace trimmings: a granny blouse; a granny nightgown.
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Origin of granny

1655–65; grand(mother) + -y2, with -nd- > -nn-
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Examples from the Web for grannie

Historical Examples

  • No, Willie; grannie's body goes to the grave, but grannie herself is gone to heaven.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • The loss of my watch had made the thought of grannie painful again.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Grannie's bed, with its white curtains, looked as if it were mouldering away after her.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • It was icy cold, just like my grannie's when my aunt had made me touch it.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • From that moment I loved my grannie, and felt I owed her something as well as my uncle.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for grannie

granny

grannie

noun plural -nies
  1. informal words for grandmother
  2. informal an irritatingly fussy person
  3. a revolving cap on a chimneypot that keeps out rain, etc
  4. Southern US a midwife or nurse
  5. See granny knot
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Word Origin and History for grannie

granny

n.

1660s, according to OED, most likely a diminutive and contraction of grannam, shortened form of grandame, rather than from grandmother. The sailor's granny knot (by 1803, originally granny's knot, so called because "it is the natural knot tied by women or landsmen" [Smyth, "Sailor's Word-Book," 1867]. Granny Smith apples (1895) named for Maria Ann Smith (d.1870) of Australia, who originated them.

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