Definition of granny in English:


(also grannie)


  • 1One's grandmother.

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