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 The network is just going to expand, so there’s no time better than now to start spinning through the USBR miles — with or without your granny gear. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 To start, download our free crochet pattern and follow the video above to master the classic yet very versatile granny square. Mariana Tuma, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 Cale, whose Welsh intonations are a pleasure to listen to, and Tucker, whose granny fierceness in front of the camera now is a match for her gamine fierceness behind a drum kit then., 15 Oct. 2021 The chickens were cooked low and slow in the pits, as his granny might have done. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Building granny flats is now all the rage since the California legislature passed landmark legislation (SB 1069) in 2017, reducing or removing many state and local regulations and fees impeding their construction. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021 The ordinance also applies to accessory dwelling units, more commonly called granny flats. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021 These granny squares feature a treble crochet circular center for extra flair. Mariana Tuma, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 Take classic granny squares and turn them into a scarf with pockets! Mariana Tuma, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'granny.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of granny

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for granny

by shortening & alteration

Learn More About granny

Dictionary Entries Near granny



granny dress

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for granny

Last Updated

26 Nov 2021

Cite this Entry

“Granny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for granny



English Language Learners Definition of granny


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

Kids Definition of granny


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!