or gran·nie


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.

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 granny

Contemporary Examples of granny

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.

  • Oh, how glad you must have felt when you saw him home again, safe and sound, dear granny.

    Georgie's Present

    Miss Brightwell

  • He looks triumphantly at granny as much as to say, 'Observe me; I'm not going to say a word about him.'

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • Granny signs to the Colonel and he immediately says, with remarkable cunning, 'Oh—that!

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • Granny signs to them to go, and Barbara, kisses both the Colonel's hands.

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

British Dictionary definitions for granny



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 granny

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper