\ ˈdad How to pronounce dad (audio) \
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


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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Since then, she's attended a number of red carpets with her dad, including the 2015 Academy Awards. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Isan Elba, the 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador," 3 Jan. 2019 My dad always told me stories about having to move every two to three years and of all the sacrifices military families make and that helped me to understand what Buffy was feeling when her mom returned home. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "The Stars of "Andi Mack" Share All Their Favorite Moments from Season 2," 13 Aug. 2018 But that wasn’t unusual for the upbeat, energetic and sociable teen, his dad tells PEOPLE. Kc Baker,, "Slain Boy's Dad Talks Possible Motive in 'Brutal' Rape and Beating — and Pays Tribute to His Son," 10 July 2018 Fulton was considering a couple Division II schools when his dad told him about an offseason tryout camp hosted by Evansville of the Frontier League. Tim Tierney, Daily Southtown, "2 to 1: Slammers catcher Trey Fulton goes from backup to All-Star Game starter," 8 July 2018 My mom was always putting a book in my hand and talking about how novels were constructed, and my dad was always telling me about how movies and TV were put together., "Author Gillian Flynn On Women Living In Fear & Sharp Objects' Female Rage," 6 July 2018 The Duke of Cambridge dropped the sweet tidbit while speaking to a fellow dad during his visit to Blackpool, England with Kate Middleton today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Reportedly Learned to Style Princess Charlotte's Hair from YouTube Tutorials," 6 Mar. 2019 While the electrons zip around like kids at a sugar picnic, the ions are a drunk dad that falls asleep by the grill. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 Our male primate ancestors must have evolved from the typical indifferent and promiscuous mammalian father into a committed human dad. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, "For Gorillas, Being a Good Dad Is Sexy," 30 Nov. 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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English Language Learners Definition of dad

informal : a person's father


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