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or gran·nie

[ gran-ee ]
/ ˈgræn i /

noun, plural gran·nies.

adjective, gran·ni·er, gran·ni·est for 6.

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.


matriarch, ancestor, grandma, dowager, gram, square, fogy, stick-in-the-mud, fusspot, dotard, mother, fussbudget

Nearby words

granivorous, granja, la, granjon, grannies, grannom, granny, granny bond, granny dress, granny dumping, granny flat, granny glasses

Origin of granny

1655–65; grand(mother) + -y2, with -nd- > -nn- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grannies

British Dictionary definitions for grannies (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɡrænɪz) /

pl n

NZ informal Granny Smith apples

British Dictionary definitions for grannies (2 of 2)



/ (ˈɡrænɪ) /

noun plural -nies

informal words for grandmother
informal an irritatingly fussy person
a revolving cap on a chimneypot that keeps out rain, etc
Southern US a midwife or nurse
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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.

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