from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British An elderly woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old wife; an old woman; -- correlative of gaffer, an old man.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old woman: the correlative of gaffer.


Probably alteration (influenced by grandmother) of godmother.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Reduction of godmother or grandmother. (Wiktionary)



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  • –noun British Archaic.
    an old woman.

    December 15, 2008