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nana

[nan-uh]
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noun
  1. Chiefly Northeastern U.S. grandmother; grandma.
  2. Gulf States. godmother.
  3. 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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  • She bought the estate known as La Mignotte after Nana tired of it.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • It was originally intended that the part should be played by Nana.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • He became for a time the lover of Nana, but treated her so abominably that she left him.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • He fell into the hands of Nana, however, and was soon completely ruined.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • Nana, amused all on a sudden by the view of her father, clapped her little hands.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for nana

nana

noun
  1. slang a fool
  2. Australian slang the head
  3. do one's nana Australian slang to become very angry
  4. off one's nana Australian slang mad; insane
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Word Origin

C19: probably from banana
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for nana

child's word for "grandmother" or, sometimes, "nurse," first recorded c.1844 (see nanny).

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