grandfather

[ gran-fah-th er, grand- ]SEE DEFINITION OF grandfather
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You couldn't stay in these mountains and be such a man as your grandfather.

Then I again regretted my grandfather's too distinguishing goodness to me.

Years seemed to have fallen from the shoulders of his grandfather.

Maria had warned her not to waken her grandfather, so she admired it in whispers.

Where does your grandfather spend his day when he goes out with his dogs?

Grandfather has not killed himself, but has asked my forgiveness and has promised to obey me.

It would not be grandfather; only his body that must turn to dust.

So much did you say to your grandfather, so much to your dead mother, but to me you say so little!

But it might have been said in open court by your grandfather, or your great-grandfather.

Then if he gets back to Canada alive, you are not the man your grandfather Baltus was!

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from grand (adj.) + father (n.), probably on analogy of French grand-père. Replaced grandsire and Old English ealdefæder. Grandfather clause originally (1900) referred to exemptions from post-Reconstruction voting restrictions in the U.S. South for men whose forebears had voted before the Civil War. Grandfather clock is c.1880, from the popular song; they were previously known as tall case clocks or eight-day clocks.

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