Definition of granny in English:


(also grannie)


  • 1One's grandmother.

    as name ‘goodbye, Granny’
    as title ‘Granny Vera’
    • ‘Meanwhile I have very fond memories of both my granny Mary Ellen and my Auntie Mary Kate.’
    • ‘No doubt there will be plenty of ladies entering the most glamorous granny competition with so many fit and good looking grannies around these days.’
    • ‘Daredevil granny Ellen was on cloud nine for her 80th birthday celebrations.’
    • ‘Our granny is 85 and she is the holiest person in the world.’
    • ‘Inside you will see photos of Mark with his arms around his petite granny.’
    • ‘These were the nights of packed halls, when grannies and grandads, uncles and aunts came to see their prodigy on the stage!’
    • ‘Your granny and granda in Chicago hope you had a great day and hope to see you soon.’
    • ‘James was quick to tell teacher she would have the same name as his granny when she was married.’
    • ‘Tamryn and her brother Matt, five, were being looked after by their granny on Wednesday night.’
    • ‘Birthday wishes come to Sean from his granny Betty and all the family.’
    • ‘Although granny was a kitchen wizard, she never shared her secrets.’
    • ‘I was really upset for the first couple of weeks, missing all my friends and family, especially my granny and grandad.’
    • ‘There is no way an old granny would get that treatment from me!’
    • ‘A LOVE-STRUCK granny may have to wait a year to learn if she can bring her young Moroccan husband into the UK.’
    • ‘So, when my formidable granny asked me, from the other end of the table, to repeat my request, the entire family stared.’
    • ‘But I feel it was time well spent, sitting in by the fire with my granny and telling stories.’
    • ‘My daughter however is very keen for her daughter to have a granny and is adamant that she does not want her daughter to call me by my Christian name.’
    • ‘I remember my granny had huge arms with tattoos because women in the 1920s used to go and get tattooed at the docks.’
    • ‘My granny always said it's a crime not to seize the opportunities that present themselves.’
    • ‘As my granny used to say once a week, every week: As long as you have your health.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting things, typically articles of clothing, associated with elderly women.
      ‘an oversized granny cardigan’


Mid 17th century: from grannam (representing a colloquial pronunciation of grandam) + -y.