- 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
Related Words for grannymatriarch, ancestor, granny, grandma, dowager, gram, square, fogy, stick-in-the-mud, fusspot, dotard, mother, fussbudget
Examples from the Web for granny
Contemporary Examples of granny
I was aware of it when I was a girl and I often asked Granny about it, but she was very quiet and never said anything.Kate Middleton’s Code-Breaking Granny: Duchess Uncovers Wartime Secrets
June 19, 2014
My Granny the Escort concludes with two of the women reaching a crossroads of sorts.‘My Granny The Escort’: Meet 85-Year-Old Sheila Vogel-Coupe, Britain’s Oldest Prostitute
June 3, 2014
Unlike his granny, Harry does carry cash, and paid for his own ticket and those of his staff.Harry Visits Colosseum - And Pays For His Own Ticket!
May 20, 2014
"He called me granny," the actress told Kate, according to a report on Sky News.Helen Mirren Shakes a Finger At The Queen!
February 18, 2014
Harry had better come back with a clean chin or else granny will not be pleased.Prince Harry Ordered to Shave His Polar Beard
January 6, 2014
Historical Examples of granny
So I will, plase your honour, my lard; sure I've a right to know, for she's my own granny.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Oh, how glad you must have felt when you saw him home again, safe and sound, dear granny.Georgie's Present
He looks triumphantly at granny as much as to say, 'Observe me; I'm not going to say a word about him.'
Granny signs to the Colonel and he immediately says, with remarkable cunning, 'Oh—that!
Granny signs to them to go, and Barbara, kisses both the Colonel's hands.
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.