- Chiefly Northeastern U.S. grandmother; grandma.
- Gulf States. godmother.
- Chiefly Southeastern U.S. a child's nursemaid; nanny.
Origin of nana
1835–45; nursery word; cf. nanny
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Examples from the Web for nana
Some factories do not employ Muslims on the premises who can oversee the process, Nana said.Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement
September 7, 2014
Stern looks and mini-head shakes to Nana when she brought it up during her Christmas visit.Telling My Family That I’m Leaving Again for Afghanistan
April 9, 2014
And Sarah, not even looking up, said, ‘Shove them up your ass, Nana.’Sarah and Susan Silverman: Comedian and Rabbi are Perfect Sisters
March 31, 2014
Maybe it is the sheltered liberals who are trying to have their Tea Nana and drink it too.Israeli Mayor: If I'm Racist, So Is Israel
August 8, 2013
Uploaded to YouTube on March 6th, the video of Nana dancing has already gained over a million views.Dancing Nana: 88-Year-Old Grandmother Gets Down to Retro Tunes
March 11, 2013
She bought the estate known as La Mignotte after Nana tired of it.
It was originally intended that the part should be played by Nana.
He became for a time the lover of Nana, but treated her so abominably that she left him.
He fell into the hands of Nana, however, and was soon completely ruined.
Nana, amused all on a sudden by the view of her father, clapped her little hands.L'Assommoir
- 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
C19: probably from banana
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Word Origin and History for nana
child's word for "grandmother" or, sometimes, "nurse," first recorded c.1844 (see nanny).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper