big daddy

noun, often capitalized B&D

Definition of big daddy

: one preeminent especially by reason of power, size, or seniority : one representing paternalistic authority

Examples of big daddy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delta Skymiles Reserve American Express Card The big daddy, and according to Harteveldt, far and away the most exciting of all the new cards is the Reserve. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Delta's American Express Credit Cards Just Got Way Better for Travelers," 30 Jan. 2020 There are three options: a 30-inch mill, a 48-inch and the big daddy goes up to a 67 inches. Greg Burnett, cleveland, "A Piece of Cleveland offers just what the name says, except this time, it’s in the form of nature’s beauty," 3 Nov. 2019 Durek is a sixth-generation healer and pretty much the big daddy mack of the metaphysical scene. Tatiana Boncompagni, Marie Claire, "I Spent an Hour With Gwyneth Paltrow's Shaman," 15 Oct. 2019 When my son @KevinHart4real goes down with an injury, his big daddy steps in. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Dwayne Johnson Leaves Honeymoon Early to Replace Kevin Hart on Kelly Clarkson's Talk Show," 4 Sep. 2019 Also, her metaphor portrays Americans as children, which is a perfect example of left-wing opinion, in the sense that government is your big daddy that's going to take care of you. Fox News, "Trump to skip White House Correspondents' Dinner again," 6 Apr. 2018 State Street at Veterans Memorial Parkway and 36th Street The big daddy of road projects this season is this busy intersection just across the Boise River from Garden City. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "'It's a record year.' Ninety ACHD road projects will test your patience and slow traffic | Idaho Statesman," 27 Apr. 2018 But, according to Reidy, the big daddy of parades was in Savannah, Georgia. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "There's more to Irish food than corned beef and cabbage. Irish Rover proves it," 13 Mar. 2018 Little Stevie trying to see what big daddy does with business. Dana Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Steve Simon: Deadhead, tree hugger, extremely private business whiz, Pacers heir," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of big daddy

1881, in the meaning defined above

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24 Feb 2020

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“Big daddy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20daddy. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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