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 It's been granny for a while, maybe his parents in the future. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Will fatherhood get an idler in gear?," 22 Sep. 2020 In a normal year, my inner granny gets a thrill from canning seasonal produce for my family and friends. Leena Trivedi-grenier,, "Capture the best of California's peaches in preserves, with a dose of revolution," 19 Aug. 2020 Whether a cabin kit from Amazon or a customized, pre-fabricated MEDCottage, options for granny pods are more plentiful than ever. Christine Coppa, Country Living, "'Granny Pods' Allow Elderly Family Members to Live in a High-Tech Backyard Cottage," 22 June 2020 However, because of the dark color and granny shape of the bottle, Mrs. Butterworth was commonly perceived as a black stereotype. cleveland, "Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup is considering changing up its branding and famous bottles," 17 June 2020 Think wire-free styles, pastel colors, elevated granny panties (definitely a thing), and lots of satin and mesh inserts made from organic-certified fabrics, repurposed swatches from previous collections, and recycled nylon for its swimwear. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "30 Sustainable Clothing Brands to Shop on Earth Day (and Any Other Day)," 21 Apr. 2020 Good jewelry, though, has the unique power to enhance any outfit, even one that consists only of granny panties and an oversized crewneck. Eliza Huber,, "7 Jewelry Trends Perfect For Zooming," 24 Apr. 2020 Finally, a cute upgrade from the dreaded (but infinitely useful) granny cart. Jasmin Perez, Sunset Magazine, "The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide," 1 May 2020 However, its four-wheel-drive transfer case is shared with non-Rubicon models and features a taller 2.72:1 low-range ratio, which allows for a higher top speed in 4LO than the Rubicon's 4.00:1 granny gear. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Leads Jeep to a New Sandbox," 17 Apr. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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

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