granny 1660s, according to OED, most likely a diminutive and contraction of grannam, shortened form of GRANDAME (Cf. grandame), rather than from grandmother. The sailor's granny knot (by 1803, originally granny's knot, so called because "it is the natural knot tied by women or landsmen" [Smyth, "Sailor's Word-Book," 1867]. Granny Smith apples (1895) named for Maria Ann Smith (d.1870) of Australia, who originated them.

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  • Granny — Gran ny, n. A grandmother; a grandam; familiarly, an old woman. [1913 Webster] {Granny s bend}, or {Granny s knot} (Naut.), a kind of insecure knot or hitch; a reef knot crossed the wrong way. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • granny — or grannie [gran′ē] n. pl. grannies Informal 1. a grandmother 2. an old woman 3. any fussy, exacting person ☆ 4. South a midwife adj. of a style like that formerly worn by many elderly women [granny nightgown ]; specif., designating eyeglas …   English World dictionary

  • granny — an affectionate name for grandmother, is spelt y, not ie, although the choice is more open in Scotland. It is spelt with a capital initial (Granny) when used as a form of address in letters etc. The plural form is grannies …   Modern English usage

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  • granny — /gran ee/, n., pl. grannies, adj. grannier, granniest for 6. n. 1. Informal. a grandmother. 2. an elderly woman. 3. a fussy person. 4. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a nurse or midwife. 5. See granny knot. adj. 6. of, pertaining to, or thought …   Universalium

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