nana

[ nan-uh ]
/ ˈnæn ə /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. nan hai,
  2. nan ling,
  3. nan shan,
  4. nan-,
  5. nan-ching,
  6. nana nap,
  7. nana sahib,
  8. nanai,
  9. nanaimo,
  10. nanaimo bar

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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Word Origin and History for nana

nana

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

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