Definition of grandmother in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡran(d)mʌðə/


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
More example sentences
  • Yes, women's liberation has given us choices that our grandmothers and even mothers could only dream of, but it has its downside too.
  • There were young mothers and grandmothers, all fussing over their children.
  • Some of my friends and patients nostalgically recall spending happy days off school with mothers and grandmothers.
informal grandma, granny
in Russia babushka;
North American Jewish  bubbie;
South African  ouma;
Spanish abuela
British informal gran, nana, nan
North American informal gramma


teach one's grandmother to suck eggs

Presume to advise a more experienced person.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡran(d)ˌmʌðəli/
Example sentences
  • I can almost hear a grandmotherly voice telling me that it's no way to get rid of a cold.
  • Then my grandmother, in true grandmotherly fashion, marched into her local bookseller and demanded to be told what the young people were reading these days.
  • Barbara, meanwhile, came into her own at last as an extremely popular first lady who made the most of her grandmotherly image.

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