granddaddy

noun
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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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 Paik, the granddaddy of video art, hungrily bridged mediums, incorporating music, sculpture, and performance with his TV works. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Nam June Paik turned technology into art — and vice versa," 11 July 2018 The category Dantas chose to analyze includes the granddaddy of all antibiotic drugs: penicillin. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 Lin Heung is considered the granddaddy of Hong Kong's dim sum parlors; trolleys have dispensed buns, dumplings, and duck feet there since the late 1920s. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 This is not your granddaddy’s Georgia, which Trump carried by only five points in 2016. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Leaked recordings of Ga. governor candidate highlight why people mistrust politicians," 11 July 2018 This is the granddaddy issue, and one people never think about. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "NFL and College Football Are Not the Same Game," 11 July 2018 Sunday night’s slog was further confirmation that Oscar season is just too long and that previous awards telecasts have upstaged the granddaddy of show-business awards. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Oscars: Dull, unsurprising, doomed?," 5 Mar. 2018

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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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granddaddy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of granddaddy

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

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