dad·​dy | \ ˈda-dē How to pronounce daddy (audio) \
plural daddies

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Synonyms for daddy


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

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Examples of daddy in a Sentence

I stopped calling my father “Daddy” because I thought it sounded childish. Cook's Tours can be considered the daddy of all organized travel tours.

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If that’s the case, just like Clarissa, his major case of daddy issues will explain it all. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About Westworld Season 3," 25 June 2018 But all this is overwhelmed by the daddy issues, land-grab intrigue and intra-family drama, as the younger Duttons vie for favorite-child status and a battle of rich against richer escalates. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Yellowstone’ Wrangles Daddy Issues on the Range," 19 June 2018 These guys with their daddy issues are getting people killed. Drew Magary, GQ, "Sarah Silverman Is the Troll Slayer," 23 May 2018 Seven of their bravest not only battle blazes, but also perform daddy duties -- and there are adorable photos to show for it. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Baby boom: Oklahoma newborns and firefighter dads pose for heartwarming photos," 21 May 2018 The state is 48th when considering whether millennials have to live with mommy and daddy rather than on their own and 50th for the number who have health coverage. Lauren Ritchie,, "High school grads not going to college face tough challenge — finding a decent-paying job," 25 May 2018 Throughout the past year, Erin and Ben have both shared many sweet snapshots showing their toddler smiling, snuggling with her daddy, and looking through books—including the one her parents' wrote, entitled Make Something Good Today. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything We Know About Erin and Ben Napier's Baby, Helen," 8 Jan. 2019 Also, liberals visualized a God who looked more loving and friendly, whereas conservatives saw a stern daddy. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Study Finds That Americans Think God Looks Like This Guy," 12 June 2018 Chubb would give the Colts a true war daddy pass rusher that the Colts really lack. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Who will Colts take at No. 3: Bradley Chubb, Saquon Barkley or offensive line help?," 1 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of daddy

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of daddy

informal : a person's father


dad·​dy | \ ˈda-dē How to pronounce daddy (audio) \
plural daddies

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a strong desire or propensity

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