gran·​ny | \ ˈgra-nē \
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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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 The picture placement proves even further that granny keeps a special place in her heart for her grandson and new granddaughter-in-law. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Queen Has a Never-Before-Seen Picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Her Living Room," 30 May 2018 More highlights: First call: As with previous royal births, great-granny the queen was first to be notified. That wave, tho. USA TODAY, "'All of Nashville can breathe a sigh of relief'," 23 Apr. 2018 Now Udall lives in a granny unit behind her daughter’s Bennett Valley Road rental. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Displaced seniors’ homes survived Wine Country fires — but residents can’t move back," 15 May 2018 Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge might be taking advice from granny Queen Elizabeth II and perusing the royal family tree, which is ancient and laden with suitable royal names. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Royal baby: What will the new prince be named?," 23 Apr. 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 \
plural grannies

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