grand·​pa | \ ˈgran(d)-ˌpä How to pronounce grandpa (audio) , -ˌpȯ; ˈgram-ˌpä, -ˌpȯ How to pronounce grandpa (audio) \
plural grandpas

Definition of grandpa

: the father of one's father or mother grandfather sense 1a This is an old photo of your grandma and grandpa. often used as a form of address Grandpa, will you read me a story?

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This grandpa's reaction to surprise tickets to Lady Gaga speaks for itself. Wesli Jones, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 5 July 2019 Charlie Bucket and his grandpa tour the magical factory with other golden-ticket winners. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "New to Netflix in July 2019: The best kids, tween and teen movies to stream," 1 July 2019 Her grandpa, a Vietnam War veteran, told her the past nine months were impossible without her. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Room bursts into applause as Arizona National Guard unit is welcomed home after nearly a year in Afghanistan," 29 June 2019 That’s right — $750,000; this ain’t your grandpa’s Timex. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "Will Drake again wear his $750,000 erotic watch at remaining Warriors-Raptors Finals games?," 12 June 2019 Actually, your grandpa would probably blush at some of the messages that the RM 69 shares. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "Will Drake again wear his $750,000 erotic watch at remaining Warriors-Raptors Finals games?," 12 June 2019 An entire YouTube series was launched on the catchy tune about a family of cartoon sharks—baby, mommy, daddy, grandma and grandpa—who kids hunt and then run away from. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "'Baby Shark' doo-doo-doo did it! Nickelodeon plans to bring TV series to preschoolers," 5 June 2019 In one photo, the little one holds onto his grandpa's hands in the gardens of Clarence House. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis Holding Kate Middleton's Hand in the Royal Christmas Card Is So Pure," 14 Dec. 2018 Then, her grandpa would make up a bedtime story based on their request. Danelle Landis, The Seattle Times, "Ketchikan author discusses new fantasy novel," 30 Mar. 2019

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1785, in the meaning defined above

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grand·​pa | \ ˈgram-ˌpȯ How to pronounce grandpa (audio) , ˈgram-ˌpä, ˈgran-\

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