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 My grandpa started working at a [Jewish] bakery called Stern’s in Midwood. Lizzy Saxe, Forbes, 26 May 2021 My grandpa used to say that half of doing a good job was having the right tools for it. Gary Markle,, 20 May 2021 On Merino’s fibers are much thinner than what was used in, say, your grandpa’s thick, scratchy sweater. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2021 My grandpa believed that connection across difference is possible. cleveland, 11 May 2021 Smith, at the time, was entering his senior year at the University of Utah, majoring in economics and taking classes from Spencer’s grandpa, Kay Hunt, who would take Spencer to football and basketball games and sometimes bring him to class with him. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Apr. 2021 In addition to Ree, the article also included heartfelt relationship advice from Alex's grandpa, Chuck Drummond; her best friend, Meg Kane Wilson; Cyndi Kane, Ree's best friend, and Missy Drummond, Alex's aunt. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 20 Apr. 2021 In bittersweet fashion, his grandpa, cousin and dad managed to be at Road America last year for his first-ever pole, but Saturday was a first for his mom and sister. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Apr. 2021 Max's memories of my dad as a fun grandpa who frequently engaged in tomfoolery are not off the mark. Good Housekeeping, 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of grandpa

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Grandpa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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

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