grand·​dad·​dy | \ ˈgran-ˌda-dē How to pronounce granddaddy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly grandaddy

Definition of granddaddy

2 : one that is the first, earliest, or most venerable of its kind

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Examples of granddaddy in a Sentence

the granddaddy of all English mystery novels

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From backflips out of the balconies to suplexes off the top rope to the concrete floor, this isn’t your granddaddy’s version of professional wrestling. Adam Abdalla, Dallas News, "New Japan Pro-Wrestling makes its live Dallas debut next week — and you can thank Mark Cuban for it," 28 June 2019 New Glarus Near the northern trailhead for the 24-mile Sugar River trail is the granddaddy of Wisconsin craft breweries, New Glarus. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beer and a bike ride: 12 breweries along bike trails in Wisconsin," 6 June 2019 This is the granddaddy of discounts covering the entire metro area. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Eat cheap at Indy's best restaurants during 6 weeks of summer menu deals," 5 Mar. 2019 The granddaddy of all-inclusives, Sandals Montego Bay is also on sale with nightly rates for seven-night stays starting at $544 in July and $538 in August. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Summer on sale in the Caribbean: Stay at luxurious resorts at a huge discount," 11 June 2019 Foxfire cotton supplies the granddaddies of the garment industry, including Levi’s, Land’s End, Esprit, and L. L. Bean among others. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It," 31 Mar. 2019 The 1967 Camaro, 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1977 Ford F-150, 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle and the-granddaddy-of-them-all 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air filled out the map with one state each. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Well, duh: Surveys find Americans love American classic cars," 18 July 2018 That granddaddy of climate alarmists, retired NASA scientist James Hansen, valiantly preaches to his green allies that meaningful emissions cuts won’t happen without nuclear. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Will 2019 See Climate Maturity?," 24 Dec. 2018 Through the first three quarters of the Granddaddy of them All, the Huskies all looked like granddaddies. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Washington’s Rose Bowl loss continues frustrating narrative: Huskies still looking for signature win under Chris Petersen," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of granddaddy

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of granddaddy was in 1648

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English Language Learners Definition of granddaddy

: someone or something that is the first or oldest one in a particular area or field

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