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

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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 Win has a quintessentially Danish collection, including bright, floral print dresses and tops and granny-esque crochet vests. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These 7 Shoppable Instagram Accounts Are For True Vintage Fashion Fans," 17 Apr. 2019 Where another granny might clutch her knitting needle and skein of yarn, Neel has a paintbrush and a white painter’s rag. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 To her dismay, gone are her cute thongs, replaced by granny panties. Susan Gubar, New York Times, "Sex After Cancer," 18 Jan. 2018 The Proud Family Because Suga Mama was the *COOLEST* granny that will ever exist (with some major dance moves). Kristin Harris, Seventeen, "10 TV Shows Every '00s Girl Wishes Would Make A Comeback," 11 Sep. 2014 All that’s left now are two physical tests – a broad jump, and a granny-throw with a weighted medicine ball – and we’re done. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: USA Luge's search for next great Winter Olympian visits Indianapolis," 28 June 2018 Who would have thought that granny chic would make a comeback like this? Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Dua Lipa’s Latest Outfit Is Straight Out of Your Grandma’s Living Room," 20 June 2018 The only one who appears to miss the deceased woman is Charlie (Milly Shapiro, astonishing), Annie’s anti-social daughter, who seems to take granny’s subsequent ghostly appearances as the natural order of things. David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, "In ‘Hereditary’ starring Toni Collete, a family tree gets uprooted in chilling ways," 4 June 2018

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

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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