grand·​pa ˈgran(d)-ˌpä How to pronounce grandpa (audio)
ˈgram-ˌpä How to pronounce grandpa (audio)
plural grandpas
: 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 Why do people not want to be called 'grandma' or 'grandpa'? USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 The eclectic grandpa is a trend hellbent on commodifying an idea of personal style without actually having it. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 5 Jan. 2024 And that's not even taking into account Olive's older brother Dwayne (Paul Dano), who has taken a vow of silence, and Olive's beloved grandpa Edwin (Alan Arkin), who has a heroin addiction. Andrew Walsh,, 27 Nov. 2023 Everyone from the part-time nurse/full-time bruja (Teresita Sánchez) caring for him to Sol’s grandpa (Alberto Amador), who speaks with an electrolarynx, knows this. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 28 Jan. 2024 And, of course, the coastal grandma and grandpa chic design schemes made a real impact with their sophisticated, unique atmospheres—in fact, these proved to be some designers’ favorites. Abby Wilson, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Jan. 2024 The decline in quality points out one failure of the eclectic grandpa trend. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 5 Jan. 2024 And Billy definitely had a sense of humor, like his dad and grandpa. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2024 Whether your grandpa is working towards that hole-in-one mentality or your favorite golfing family is looking for something to do, this game will provide many laughs and memories. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 7 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grandpa was in 1785

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“Grandpa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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