noun, plural gran·nies.
- Informal. a grandmother.
- an elderly woman.
- a fussy person.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a nurse or midwife.
adjective, gran·ni·er, gran·ni·est for 6.
- of, relating to, or thought to be like a grandmother or an elderly or old-fashioned woman: granny notions about what’s proper.
- (of clothing for women or girls) being loose-fitted and having such features as high necklines, puff sleeves, long skirts, and ruffles and lace trimmings: a granny blouse; a granny nightgown.
noun plural -nies
- informal words for
- informal an irritatingly fussy person
- a revolving cap on a chimneypot that keeps out rain, etc
- Southern US a midwife or nurse
1660s, according to OED, most likely a diminutive and contraction of grannam, shortened form of , 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.