Definitions

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

  • n. Archaic A grandfather.
  • n. Archaic A male ancestor; a forefather.
  • n. Archaic An old man.

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  • n. grandfather

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Specifically, a grandfather; more generally, any ancestor.

from The 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., .

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Examples

  • 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.

    Vanity Fair

  • I remember her telling me that the magic ran in her family, but deep; her grandsire was a Master, but not her father.

    Phoenix And Ashes

  • "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.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 Books 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18

  • Your grandsire was a chauffeur, a servant, and without education.

    The Scarlet Plague

  • 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.

    The Grey Cloak

  • 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.

    The Scotch Twins

  • 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.

    Arabian nights. English

  • 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.

    The Bible in Spain; or, the journeys, adventures, and imprisonments of an Englishman, in an attempt to circulate the Scriptures in the Peninsula

  • When I was a youth, his grandsire was my friend; I had some fancies then myself.

    Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity

  • 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

    Vanity Fair

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