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?

Examples of grandpa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1941, my grandpa Kenneth Poe was living in California, working for Lockheed as a riveter building P-38 Lightning war planes. A.j. Baime, WSJ, 23 July 2022 Denny has more than just his grandpa to stick around for; he and Lizzie hop into a paddleboat, then head to Jack's bar for some food. Sara Netzley,, 20 July 2022 After his grandpa's death at age 76, fans gathered outside his funeral hoping to get a glimpse of the mourning grandson. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 8 July 2022 Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, welcomed daughter Cora Georgia in September last year Barbara Pierce Bush's daughter Cora Georgia is growing up to be just like her grandpa! Georgia Slater,, 20 Apr. 2022 My grandpa owned a used car shop in our little town of Louisville, Illinois. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 13 July 2022 During this visit, Elvis — who had just become an international sensation — gifted his grandpa with a Ford Fairlane 500 and a new TV set, The Courier Journal reported. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 8 July 2022 My grandpa would literally come over to my house, open and close the drapes and the drawers, see if there was anything that needed fixing. Tara Kavaler, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2022 Leaders from the tong’s more established chapters around the country had been streaming into town to make sure my grandpa and his friends had things under control. Curtis Chin, Bon Appétit, 22 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grandpa

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Grandpa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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

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