American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Archaic A grandfather.
- n. Archaic A male ancestor; a forefather.
- n. Archaic An old man.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A grandfather: used for both men and animals, and now especially in the pedigrees of horses.
- n. By extension, any lineal male ancestor preceding a father.
- n. In change-ringing: One of the methods of ringing the changes on a peal of bells: supposed to be of very early origin.
- n. See double, n., .
- n. grandfather
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Specifically, a grandfather; more generally, any ancestor.
“A quick brain and a better education elsewhere showed the boy very soon that his grandsire was a dullard, and he began accordingly to command him and to look down upon him; for his previous education, humble and contracted as it had been, had made a much better gentleman of Georgy than any plans of his grandfather could make him.”
“I remember her telling me that the magic ran in her family, but deep; her grandsire was a Master, but not her father.”
“Yudhishthira said," Tell me of that, O grandsire, which is the root of all duties, which is the root of kinsmen, of home, of the Pitris and of guests.”
“Your grandsire was a chauffeur, a servant, and without education.”
“Oh, Monsieur le Chevalier, having an income, need not be paid moneys; because Monsieur le Chevalier was born in the saddle, his father is an eagle, his grandsire was a centaur.”
“One day when my grandsire was a young lad he was playing with some other children on the pastures near the shore, when all of a sudden what should they see among their own cows but a fine young dun-colored heifer without any horns.”
“Now this my grandsire was a man whose word was law and every day he held a Divan wherein the traders craved his counsel about taking and giving and selling and buying; and this endured until what while a sickness attacked him and he sensed his end drawing near.”
“My grandsire was a particularly holy man; and I have heard my father say, that one night an archbishop came to his house secretly, merely to have the satisfaction of kissing his head.”
“When I was a youth, his grandsire was my friend; I had some fancies then myself.”
“A quick brain and a better education elsewhere showed the boy very soon that his grandsire was a dullard, and he began accordingly to command him and to look down upon him; for his previous education, humble and contracted as it had been, had made”
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