gran·​ny | \ ˈgra-nē How to pronounce granny (audio) \
variants: or grannie
plural grannies

Definition of granny

b : a fussy person
2 chiefly Southern US and south Midland US : midwife

Examples of granny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the film’s most poignant scenes is a final-act tête-à-tête between modern gal Mary and her dear granny about all that the two have in common., "Cleverly, though, the movie’s writer, series creator Julian Fellowes, finds an unexpected new layer to trowel onto all the displacement angst. Suffice it to say that being faced with irrelevance sure can be a royal pain.," 18 Sep. 2019 The first step came last month when the city council voted 6-1 to limit the size and height of second-story granny units — formally called accessory dwelling units (ADUs) — while providing incentives for construction of single-story units. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Redwood City tries to stop developers building ‘monster homes’ for maximum profit," 27 Aug. 2019 Step on a crack, my dearies, step on a crack and teach your granny to suck eggs from her one basket. Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker, "Position Paper," 2 Sep. 2019 Lyra was born tiny and premature in 1990, the youngest of Joan McKee’s six children, and raised with great love by her mother, her older sister Nichola, and her granny. Susan Mckay, The New Yorker, "The Incredible Life and Tragic Death of Lyra McKee," 26 July 2019 Tableware looks leftover from granny; thick, stemless wine glasses seem shatterproof. Sheryl Julian,, "In a tiny spot in Chestnut Hill, Chef Ronsky is turning out a smart, traditional Italian menu," 3 July 2019 Acne Studios designed a new line dedicated to granny panties. Shira Feder, Vox, "The rise of granny panties," 5 June 2019 The ability to consume media of your own choice is a step change from having to watch whatever granny had chosen. The Economist, "How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online," 8 June 2019 My mom [photographer Ursy Burnand] was the hands-on granny and helped me with the children and there were jelly beans, lots of jelly beans. Annabelle Spranklen, Town & Country, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Almost Didn't Take Their Most Iconic Wedding Photograph," 28 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of granny

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for granny

by shortening & alteration

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“Granny.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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gran·​ny | \ ˈgra-nē How to pronounce granny (audio) \
plural grannies

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