Definition of grandmother in English:



  • The mother of one's father or mother.

    ‘my grandmother is ill’
    as name ‘to dearest Grandmother, with love and gratitude’
    as title ‘Grandmother Asha’
    • ‘I did not know either of my grandmothers, but my mother was such a wonderful one to my children.’
    • ‘I had grandfathers and grandmothers and cousins and uncles and aunties, everyone was there.’
    • ‘The responsibility for looking after the children falls to their mothers and grandmothers.’
    • ‘The only difference is that most of them are now grandmothers like myself and we are usually to be seen with our precious grandchildren in tow.’
    • ‘Toys were generally restricted to gifts from my parents or from the grandmothers.’
    • ‘Police are searching for a grandmother who went missing with her two young grandsons.’
    • ‘There were young mothers and grandmothers, all fussing over their children.’
    • ‘Twin brothers have been left with their grandmother by a mother who can no longer feed them.’
    • ‘Yes, women's liberation has given us choices that our grandmothers and even mothers could only dream of, but it has its downside too.’
    • ‘Younger women can now navigate their way through a much wider range of life choices than their mothers and grandmothers.’
    • ‘The grandmothers cheered as Jon caught his child and its mother in his arms.’
    • ‘The age range there is from young mothers to great grandmothers.’
    • ‘Of course, women's lives are very different to those of their grandmothers.’
    • ‘Some of my friends and patients nostalgically recall spending happy days off school with mothers and grandmothers.’
    • ‘It's from our grandmothers and our grandfathers that we've learned about the land.’
    • ‘Grandparents, particularly grandmothers, cared for the offspring of married sons or daughters.’
    • ‘In addition, single working mothers leave many a child in the hands of grandmothers and aunts.’
    • ‘Perhaps one day they will be able, like their grandmothers before the revolution, to walk the streets with their hair uncovered.’
    • ‘As a child he lived with his mother, his grandmother and a half brother in Domachevo.’
    • ‘In extended families, grandparents, especially grandmothers, provide a good deal of child care.’
    grandma, granny
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  • teach one's grandmother to suck eggs

    • Presume to advise a more experienced person.

      • ‘The author has been working with computers since 1968 and without writing an exegetical sermon or attempting to teach my grandmother to suck eggs, let me say that if you have any data at all on your computer that is important to you, it is vital that you take backup copies.’
      • ‘I am not going to presume to teach my grandmother to suck eggs, as there are many books available to explain the nuances of good retail practice.’
      • ‘Rereading my previous posting it seems I was both trying to teach my grandmother to suck eggs and also not actually looking at all the information you had presented.’
      • ‘To which I responded with sincere thanks for the input, but also with an arrogant comment that I knew exactly what I was doing when I wrote the paragraph, and a suggestion not to teach his grandmother to suck eggs, basically.’
      • ‘I know I am in the midst of some classical scholars and must therefore not teach my grandmother to suck eggs.’
      • ‘Now I am not trying to teach my grandmother to suck eggs but the night before your interview try and get a good nights sleep.’
      • ‘I know that I should not try to teach my grandmother to suck eggs, and furthermore much of the style may have been forced on him by the original.’
      • ‘You meet some very good drivers in slow cars & some very poor drivers in fast cars, the trick, without wishing to teach my grandmother to suck eggs, is to make absolutely sure the guy you're overtaking has seen you and is allowing you to overtake him.’