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

Definition of daddy

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for daddy


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Everybody knows my story about [how] daddy wasn’t around. Childs Walker,, "‘How can we affect people?’ Ravens great Ray Lewis spreads message of grass-roots engagement at UMB groundbreaking," 24 Oct. 2019 But, to a little boy of seven, his daddy was doing the right thing. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "The Fallen Worlds of Philip Pullman," 29 Sep. 2019 How To Use a Band Saw Looking for an excuse to buy the mack-daddy of cordless band saws but can’t justify it as a DIY expense? Dan Roe, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Milwaukee Cordless Band Saw," 20 Oct. 2019 Kelly referred to her husband as #daddy in the post. Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Ripa's Sexy 'Riverdale' Inspired Caption on a Pic of Mark Consuelos Has Fans Losing It," 7 Oct. 2019 What if daddy’s critics — while condemning his unseemly boss politics — went out of their way to protect the daughter? John Kass,, "Column: Chicagoans aren’t born cynics. We’ve just had it beaten into us from birth with stories like this one.," 13 Sep. 2019 Thankfully, her baby daddy’s ex, Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone), was by her side and was more than capable of delivering a baby solo. Tomás Mier,, "A Charmed Reunion! Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs Will Guest Star on Grey's Anatomy," 16 Sep. 2019 Jones’ 2-year-old daughter has repeatedly asked where her daddy is. Lillian Reed,, "Alleged robber’s family looks for clarity from Baltimore Police after his fatal shooting," 27 Aug. 2019 In Oakland’s hood, necessity might be the mother of invention, but its daddy is repurposing. Carlos Avila Gonzalez,, "Oakland skateboard designer finds vehicles for creativity," 11 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'daddy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of daddy

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about daddy

Time Traveler for daddy

Time Traveler

The first known use of daddy was in 1523

See more words from the same year

Statistics for daddy

Last Updated

28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Daddy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for daddy


How to pronounce daddy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of daddy

informal : a person's father


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

Kids Definition of daddy

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on daddy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for daddy

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with daddy

Spanish Central: Translation of daddy

Nglish: Translation of daddy for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of daddy for Arabic Speakers

Comments on daddy

What made you want to look up daddy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to accept, comply, or submit

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!