Grandfather-clock definition

A pendulum clock enclosed in a tall, narrow cabinet.
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A large clock with a pendulum, contained in a tall, narrow case.
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A longcase clock.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of grandfather-clock - grandfather-s-clock

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
grandfather-clock
Plural:
grandfather-clocks

Origin of grandfather-clock

  • From the song My Grandfather's Clock by Henry Clay Work (1832–1884), American songwriter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a song by American songwriter Henry Work, based on a clock in the George Hotel, Yorkshire, England, which stopped keeping time after its owner died.

    From Wiktionary