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Etymology 1[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹæni/
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  • Rhymes: -æni
  • Hyphenation: gran‧ny


granny (plural grannies)

  1. (colloquial) A grandmother.
    I'm going to be a granny.
    • 2022 November 16, Paul Bigland, “From rural branches to high-speed arteries”, in RAIL, number 970, page 55:
      Travelling with their granny, who seems more interested in her crossword puzzle than them, they bicker and fight in a futile bid to get her attention. Oh, the joys of travelling during the school holidays!
  2. (colloquial, derogatory) An elderly woman.
    There are too many grannies around here getting in the way.
  3. (knots) A granny knot.
    • 1977, Stephen King, Children of the Corn:
      The suitcase was old. The brown leather was battered and scuffed. Two hanks of clothesline had been wrapped around it and tied in large, clownish grannies.
  4. (agriculture, colloquial) An older ewe that may lure a lamb away from its mother.
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granny (not comparable)

  1. (informal) typically or stereotypically old-fashioned, especially in clothing and accessories worn by or associated with elderly women.
    granny dress; granny glasses
    • 1965, Lou Sullivan, personal diary, quoted in 2019, Ellis Martin, Zach Ozma (editors), We Both Laughed In Pleasure
      Long brown fluffy hair, slightly curled on the ends, black coat, gold buttons, belt around the middle, bare legs, no socks, granny heels, also black, shoulder bag, black, transistor radio.
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granny (third-person singular simple present grannies, present participle grannying, simple past and past participle grannied)

  1. (informal, intransitive) To be a grandmother. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  2. (informal, intransitive) To act like a stereotypical grandmother; to fuss.

Etymology 2[edit]


granny (plural grannies)

  1. (Australia, colloquial) A grand final.
    • 2007, Steve Bedwell, Vizard Uncut, Melbourne University Publish, →ISBN, page 30:
      On the morning of the 'granny', the three Vizards would hop into Godfrey's Dodge and head off towards the MCG.
    • 2016, Brent Harvey, Boomer, Macmillan Publishers Aus., →ISBN:
      Jase was controversially suspended and prevented from playing in the granny.
    • 2020, Marlion Pickett, Dave Warner, Belief, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN:
      "Dad, I got some good news and bad news. Good news is I'll be playing in the granny. Bad news is you'll have to hop on a plane.”