Definition of grandad in English:


(also granddad)


  • 1informal One's grandfather.

    • ‘We lived across the street from my grandparents next to my granddad's pig farm.’
    • ‘Barbara is one of a growing number of grandmas and grandads who attend martial arts sessions in north Manchester in a bid to stay healthy and learn skills to defend themselves if necessary.’
    • ‘She turned to her grandfather and asked: ‘Which way shall I cut the tomato, granddad?’’
    • ‘The family motif includes the audience too, with whole coach parties of kids, mums, dads, grannies and grandads visiting the theatre together - surely something of a rarity today.’
    • ‘And maybe the grandads in the crowd will fill in the details of his illustrious career to the younger generations, so they fully recognise the fabulous contribution this genial Irishman brought to the famous Lancashire football club.’
    • ‘Both granddad and grandson were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and David had also injured his foot after the jump from the top of the house but they had made it.’
    • ‘My grandad died when I was two.’
    • ‘Thirty-five mums, dads, grannies and granddads went back to school last Monday as part of By Brook Valley's Bring Your Family to School Day.’
    • ‘My favourite picture in the whole house is the one of my grandad with my grandma, of when they were young.’
    • ‘She then carried on to talk about both my granddads and knew that one was alive and one was dead.’
    • ‘Every need is catered for from young children to grans and grandads.’
    • ‘However, being derived from a car designed to be driven by granddads in hats there's no shortage of headroom in the front, while being a four-door saloon it's quite commodious for average size adults in the back too.’
    • ‘Grandmoms (and granddads too) are indeed great people…’
    • ‘Aunties and uncles, grandmas and grandads all lived within walking distance and it was true to say that friends and family were one and the same.’
    • ‘He was great pal of my granddad apparently, so my gran tells me.’
    • ‘It is a family pool full of mums, dads, grandmas, granddads and children, it is absolutely marvellous.’
    • ‘Congratulations to all the proud mothers, fathers, grannies and granddads who have been part of the recent baby boom in the village.’
    • ‘My brother and I, both under six, clapped our hands together with glee and shouted ‘again, grandad, again!’’
    • ‘His late great grandfather, Tom, was a terrific character, his grandad Tommy is the well known army man and his dad, Tomas, with his distinctive pony tail, is a really charming man also.’
    grandad, grandpa, grandpop
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    1. 1.1Used as a form of address to an elderly man.
      ‘cheer up, grandad, it may never happen’
      • ‘Now it's all about viral communities - get with it, grandad!’
  • 2[as modifier] Denoting a style of shirt or shirt neckline with a collar in the form of a narrow upright band fastened with buttons.

    • ‘We used to dance to this in our best 80's clobber - blue deck shoes, baggy three quarter lengths, striped grandad shirts and short suede jackets.’
    • ‘Shirts are slightly different with long tail backs or grandad collars.’
    • ‘I was dressed in a black, double button granddad shirt which had this cowboy feel about it, with my black jeans on and a dark multicoloured waistcoat I looked the part.’
    • ‘Dressed in his customary jeans, waistcoat and granddad shirt, he had everyone clapping and singing to Hold Me Close.’