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

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of granddaddy in a Sentence

the granddaddy of all English mystery novels
Recent Examples on the Web His own granddaddy in Houma, La., for instance, used to make a gumbo out of nothing but vegetables. Michelle Matthews |, al, "Why customers are pumped about breakfast gumbo at this gas station," 4 Sep. 2019 The area is riding the granddaddy of all energy booms, and until the shooting occurred on the beginning of a pleasant holiday weekend, there was not a cloud in the sky., "Booming West Texas oil patch shaken by shooting spree as death toll rises to 8," 1 Sep. 2019 The others are the Chiefs' Lamar Hunt chest patch (which has been worn since 2007); the Raiders' helmet decal for Al Davis (2011); and the granddaddy of all perma-memorials, the Bears' sleeve initials for George Halas (1984). Paul Lukas,, "Uni Watch: NFL Uniform Preview 2019," 3 Sep. 2019 By late June, Rubin was in London at Wimbledon playing, and winning, three qualifying matches just to get into the granddaddy of all Grand Slam tournaments. CBS News, "Chasing the dream," 25 Aug. 2019 The week is built around the granddaddy of all car shows,The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, now in its 69th year. Fortune, "Letter From Pebble Beach: What a Disappointing Classic Car Auction Tells us About the 1%—and the Economy," 24 Aug. 2019 After a series of smaller competitions, the team has its sights set on striking gold, silver or bronze for the granddaddy of lifesaving events: the United States Lifesaving Association national championships. Emmett Hall,, "Pompano Junior Lifeguards saving best competition for last," 24 July 2019 Cape Cod Beer is the granddaddy of Cape breweries, while Barnstable Brewing opened in 2017., "Cape Cod is officially awash in craft beer - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 And not just any cake, but the grand finale to a dinner gathering or the centerpiece of granddaddy’s 99th birthday party — no big deal. Joy Wilson, Washington Post, "Get Voraciously’s Baking Basics newsletter and learn the techniques that make baking a piece of cake," 10 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'granddaddy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of granddaddy

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about granddaddy

Time Traveler for granddaddy

Time Traveler

The first known use of granddaddy was in 1648

See more words from the same year

Statistics for granddaddy

Last Updated

23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Granddaddy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for granddaddy


How to pronounce granddaddy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of granddaddy

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

More from Merriam-Webster on granddaddy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for granddaddy

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with granddaddy

Comments on granddaddy

What made you want to look up granddaddy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to accept, comply, or submit

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!