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

  • n. Informal A grandmother.
  • n. Informal A fussy person.
  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. See midwife.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grandmother.
  • n. An elderly woman.
  • adj. typically or stereotypically old-fashioned, especially in clothing and accessories worn by or associated with elderly women.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A grandmother; a grandam; familiarly, an old woman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To serve as a nurse or midwife.
  • n. A grandmother; an old woman.
  • n. A duck, the south-southerly or old-wife. More fully, old granny.
  • n. A nurse or midwife.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the mother of your father or mother
  • n. a reef knot crossed the wrong way and therefore insecure
  • n. an old woman


Short for grandmother or grandam.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • "Instead of answering she unexpectedly placed her hand on my midriff and smiled that small and all-knowing smile that grandmothers seem to learn at granny school, along with crochet, January sales battle tactics and wondering what you are doing upstairs."
    - Jasper Fforde, 'Lost In A Good Book'.

    November 24, 2008