1. Chiefly Northeastern U.S. grandmother; grandma.
  2. Gulf States. godmother.
  3. Chiefly Southeastern U.S. a child’s nursemaid; nanny.


  1. slang a fool
  2. Australian slang the head
  3. do one’s nana Australian slang to become very angry
  4. off one’s nana Australian slang mad; insane

child’s word for “grandmother” or, sometimes, “nurse,” first recorded c.1844 (see nanny).

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