- Informal. a grandmother.
- an elderly woman.
- a fussy person.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a nurse or midwife.
- granny knot.
- of, relating to, or thought to be like a grandmother or an elderly or old-fashioned woman: granny notions about what's proper.
- (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.
Origin of granny
Examples from the Web for grannies
The nanas and poppies and grannies and grampses who flocked there to roast in the sun.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
Tip for other activists: draw attention to your cause by filling your ranks with nuns and grannies.The Nuclear Nun Goes to Jail
February 18, 2014
On the regular marches, the Grannies for Peace often took the lead and set the pace.Arrests for Protesters, Not Bankers
October 6, 2011
But in the convention center that night, an extraordinary party broke out: black and white, grannies and grade-schoolers.The Capital Goes Nuts
November 6, 2008
She had heard all the gossip of the "grannies," which naturally did not come to his own ears.The Tempering
Charles Neville Buck
Women in childbirth were cared for by grannies,—Old women whose knowledge was broad by experience, acted as practical nurses.
Dave burst into a shout of unrestrained glee at the discovery that his London and country Grannies were sisters.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
- NZ informal Granny Smith apples
Word Origin and History for grannies
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.