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
Recent Examples on the Web Bionic Commando remains the granddaddy of them all. Luke Winkie, Vulture, "The 20 Best Games on PlayStation Now," 4 May 2021 The force, known as the 1st Air Commando Group, was meant to be the flying version of the British Commandos, the special operations ground force that is considered the granddaddy of today’s special forces worldwide. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Dressed Up This A-29 in Vintage Air Commando Colors," 6 Apr. 2021 Before Kratos or Joel Miller, Papa Nier was a granddaddy of the genre. Washington Post, "‘Nier Replicant’ is for anyone who regrets playing ‘Automata’ first," 29 Mar. 2021 The granddaddy of them all, Summerfest, was first postponed until the fall and is now canceled altogether for the first time in 53 years., "A timeline of how the COVID-19 pandemic has played out in Wisconsin," 11 Mar. 2021 This granddaddy of coin funds has $36 billion in hand. William Baldwin, Forbes, "How To Buy Bitcoin: A Comparison Of 11 Ways," 11 Mar. 2021 Paramount+ is being tight-lipped about what happens when the roomies reunite, but the teaser trailer shows us that being on the granddaddy of reality shows ripens you like a fine wine. Heather Muse, USA TODAY, "How to stream 'The Real World: Homecoming' reunion series," 4 Mar. 2021 Starting in 1966, the granddaddy of jam bands played 22 NYE concerts in 29 years. Star Tribune, "Get a live Dead fix for New Year's: Best things to see and hear this week," 24 Dec. 2020 There is only a couple of weeks left of this drama but the Rose Bowl, the granddaddy of all bowl games, announced earlier this week for its College Football Playoff there would be no fans allowed. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | WALLY HALL: Covid still ruling college football," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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9 May 2021

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“Granddaddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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