nana

[ nan-uh ]
/ ˈnæn ə /

noun

Chiefly Northeastern U.S. grandmother; grandma.
Gulf States. godmother.
Chiefly Southeastern U.S. a child's nursemaid; nanny.

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Origin of nana

1835–45; nursery word; cf. nanny
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British Dictionary definitions for nana

nana
/ (ˈnɑːnə) /

noun

slang a fool
Australian slang the head
do one's nana Australian slang to become very angry
off one's nana Australian slang mad; insane

Word Origin for nana

C19: probably from banana
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