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

Definition of daddy

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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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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 Disappointed in @Target ‘s decision to disgrace ALL FATHERS with their baby daddy cards. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Target pulls 'Baby Daddy' Father's Day card featuring black couple after complaints," 13 June 2018 Kylie's baby daddy, Travis Scott, who's collaborated with West and is signed to his record label, was also at the soirée. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall and Kylie Went to Drake's New Year's Eve Party Amidst His Feud with Kanye," 2 Jan. 2019 Big James, my daddy, your granddaddy, one and the same. Michael A. Gonzales, The Root, "Roses," 25 Mar. 2018 Last night's crazy episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians gave us one of the season's juiciest moments yet: Khloé giving birth to her daughter, True, just hours after videos surfaced showing her baby daddy Tristan Thompson cheating on her. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Clapped Back at Tristan Thompson Right After Khloé Gave Birth," 19 Nov. 2018 Capricorn Venus Capricorn is the boss of the zodiac, and those with Capricorn Venus are always seeking their proverbial daddy. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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