dad

noun
\ ˈdad \
plural dads

Definition of dad

: a male parent : father sense 1a 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

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Synonyms for dad

Synonyms

daddy, father, old man, pa, papa (also poppa), pater [chiefly British], pop, sire

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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

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When kids ask for the impossible—jobs for unemployed guardians or reconciliation between moms and dads—these Kringles dig deep. Ann Votaw, Marie Claire, "I Went to the Harvard of Santa Schools to Become Mrs. Claus," 20 Dec. 2018 Moms and dads can adjust its height, convert its setup into a series of positions, and even reverse the seat to face in or out. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Here's Where to Buy the Super-Popular Stroller Joanna Gaines Uses for Baby Crew," 21 Oct. 2018 What’s great about The Gate is that Nankin and Takács don’t seem to care much what moms and dads might think. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For more kid-friendly horror like The House with a Clock in Its Walls, stream The Gate," 21 Sep. 2018 LiAngelo Ball prepared for the NBA Draft by training with a few of the JBA league’s best players – but after going undrafted, Ball isn’t ready to fall back to his dad’s fledgling league. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "LiAngelo Ball explains why he won't play in his dad's JBA league," 28 June 2018 Saturday Night Live featured a bit about the game with actor Adam Driver playing a clueless dad. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Essentially a deluxe version of the Patagonia classic, this one will definitely make dad stand out at school drop-off. WSJ, "Creative Director Magnus Berger’s Holiday Gift Guide: Fine Design," 18 Dec. 2018 Margie's dad/Melissa's grandfather sold giant, pop-art versions of everyday objects, like pencils and coffee cups. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "'I Took a Surprise Vacation and Finally Gave Up Some Control'," 8 Nov. 2018 With only him to care for her, Chan quit and became a stay-at-home dad. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018

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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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The first known use of dad was in 1533

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dad

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English Language Learners Definition of dad

: a person's father

dad

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