\ ˈdad How to pronounce dad (audio) \
plural dads

Definition of dad

: a male parent : father entry 1 sense 1 My mom swam and played soccer, my dad surfed, and my brother played basketball.— Shannon Griggs Don't get me wrong, I'm a good dad who maintains a cheerful household and greets parenthood with a smile and an open heart.— Ron Harris often used as a name When is Dad getting home?Dad, can you give me a ride?

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Examples of dad in a Sentence

Her mom and dad both said she can't go. my dad did most of the cooking for dinner because he usually got home earlier than my mom
Recent Examples on the Web In past seasons, Jeremy had been vocal about wanting to run the family farm, and most recently, Zach made his dad a deal to buy it. Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, 15 May 2022 My dad has carefully noted that my childhood asthma was, in some ways, a propeller into other arenas in my life. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 Staying on the mound and working quickly — just like his dad would have wanted — Cortes pitched a career-high eight innings to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-1 victory over Michael Kopech and the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Jay Cohen, Hartford Courant, 15 May 2022 My dad passing and not really being able to see any of my WNBA career, and then how it's went since then. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 14 May 2022 From the perspective of her 40-year-old self, Alice relives her 16th birthday in 1996, with a changed view of her dad. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 14 May 2022 In 1964 when Shea Stadium opened, my dad got tickets to a night game. Demetria Gallegos, WSJ, 14 May 2022 And remember, although this gift guide is a lifesaver for Father’s Day, feel free to reference it for your dad’s birthday gifts and Christmas gifts, too. Brittany Natale, SELF, 13 May 2022 Tamara Smart plays a younger version of Jade, who moves to New Raccoon City with Billie (Siena Agudong) and her dad in the 2022 timeline. Nick Romano,, 12 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dad

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dad

probably baby talk

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18 May 2022

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“Dad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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