from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dialectal contraction of grandfather.


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  • He seen one o 'them black folks git a gredge against another an' go an 'set down an' look stiddy at him in his hut an 'cuss him in his mind an' set there an 'watch, watch, until the other kind o' took sick an 'died, all in a fortnight, I believe he said; 'twould make your blood run cold to hear gran'ther describe it, 'twould so.

    In Dark New England Days

  • This gun is 'bout seven feet, an 'yer gran'ther was seven feet two -- a powerful built man.

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  • Wall, the Injuns had been mighty obstreperous 'long 'bout that time, burnin 'the Widder Brown's house and her an' her baby a-hidin 'in a holler tree near by, an' carryin 'off critters an' bosses, an 'that day yer gran'ther was after 'em with

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  • "I like to hear about old gran'ther," said Arthur.

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  • "My gran'ther is dead, Sir; and I don't know where to bury him."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • After the first giddy flight we retired to a lemonade-stand to exchange impressions, and finding that we both alike had fallen completely under the spell of the new sensation, gran'ther said that we 'sh'd keep on a-ridin' till we'd had enough!

    Hillsboro People

  • He added that the wonder was that gran'ther lived at all, for his heart was all wrong, his asthma was enough to kill a young man, and he had no digestion; in short, if father wished to kill his old grandfather, there was no surer way than to drive fourteen miles in the heat of August to the noisy excitement of a county fair.

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  • He lifted gran'ther out of the buckboard, carrying the unconscious little old body into the house without a glance backward at me.

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  • The doctor who had been taking care of gran'ther since he came to live with us said that it would be crazy to think of such a thing.

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  • There was my father on one farm, and my grandfather on another, without a thought that he was no longer young, and there was 'gran'ther' as we called him, eighty-eight years old and just persuaded to settle back, let his descendants take care of him, and consent to be an old man.

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