grandpa

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

Definition of grandpa

informal
: 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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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 Between running Roloff Farms, becoming a grandpa, getting divorced, and starting a new relationship, it's been a busy couple of years for Little People, Big World star Matt Roloff. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Matt Roloff's Net Worth? Here's How the 'Little People, Big World' Star Makes a Living," 2 Apr. 2019 Each level is like a comic strip in a way; there are recurring characters like grandpa and sister who have been recruited by mom to make sure the DS stays out of the boy’s hands. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Hidden My Game By Mom 3 continues the puzzle series’s offbeat charm," 7 Aug. 2018 The look of joy on Charles' face in the candid moment is peak grandpa. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to the Royal Family," 18 Nov. 2018 But like a stereotypical conservative Midwestern grandpa. E.j. Roller, Vox, "We need to talk about how family money can make or break an arts career," 12 Nov. 2018 Melba was my grandma, and it's supposed to be my grandpa saying it. Seamus Kirst, Teen Vogue, "Jackie Cruz on the Latest Season of "Orange Is the New Black" and Her New Album "Hija de Chavez"," 30 July 2018 My great-grandpa was very tolerant of all races and religions. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Colonel Sanders' grandson responds to 'Papa John' Schnatter's accusations: 'He's a weasel'," 19 July 2018 Grew up tinkering with cars with my grandpa and stuff. Mark Anthony Green, GQ, "We Took Killer Mike to Test Drive the New Generation of American Muscle Cars," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of grandpa

1785, in the meaning defined above

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grandpa

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

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