Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A grandfather.
  • n. Informal One that is the first, oldest, or most respected of its kind: the granddaddy of modern computers.

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  • n. A grandfather.

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  • n. the father of your father or mother

Etymologies

Diminutive of granddad. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In 1964, we passed the Civil Rights Act, our main granddaddy of civil rights legislation.

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  • Well, it's a program now referred to as the granddaddy of all reality television shows.

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  • My granddaddy was a director of the meat plant and after World War II he was sent to rebuild the Soviet economy in various parts of former Soviet Union.

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  • Because every little boy is convinced that his granddaddy is the most important granddaddy in the world.

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  • Finally one of them said to the other: "Your granddaddy was a d---- d Tory in the Revolutionary war."

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  • His granddaddy was a steelworker in western Pennsylvania, and maybe that's where Haley would've ended up if football hadn't jolted his father out of the small towns and into the NFL.

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  • The first reality show, and was called the granddaddy of reality television, was Candid Camera by Allen Funt.

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  • Landmark storms begin with what some historians call the granddaddy of all western Nevada County storms, one that isolated the Twin Cities in February, 1890 - nearly 120 years ago.

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  • JEFF BIGGERS: You know, the United Mine Workers-and I should say, you know, I'm a grandson of a coal miner, and my granddaddy was a union coal miner.

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  • Yet the first half of his interview is spent breathlessly asking the controversial conservative radio host all about the work ethic of his daddy and granddaddy, which is so uninteresting you know it is just a way of easing into the inevitable.

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