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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And a daddy and daughter duo from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania have gone viral after an Instagram video surfaced of them watching a basketball game together. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Adorable Baby Goes Viral After Mimicking Her Dad’s Basketball Commentary," 27 June 2019 Hoffman’s daddy day offers include a 16 ounce Milk and Dark Chocolate Classic Assortment ($29.95; the 8 ounce assortment is $14.95). Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Dining out on dad’s day? Here’s a guide to Father’s Day restaurant specials," 7 June 2019 Dope, which has built a large readership among younger cannabis users, has been acquired by High Times, the grand-daddy of weed magazines. Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times, "Seattle-based Dope Magazine sold for $11M to High Times," 25 Sep. 2018 At the end, Kingstone stands up in the booth and gives his daddy a hug, laying his head on his shoulder. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Dad and his babbling son land Denny's ad and it's just as hilarious as first viral video," 19 June 2019 This was my daddy, Sid Klein, at the Luna Park fire on Coney Island in July 1945. Bonnie Stiernberg, Billboard, "Paul McCartney, Jonas Brothers and More Celebrate Father's Day: See the Tweets," 16 June 2019 Steve Carell being a total daddy isn't totally new. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Aniston Just Called Steve Carell a "Silver Fox" and We Totally Co-Sign," 15 June 2019 John Taylor Willett JT, our beloved husband and daddy, lost his courageous battle with cancer on June 4, 2019., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/9," 9 June 2019 An entire YouTube series was launched on the catchy tune about a family of cartoon sharks—baby, mommy, daddy, grandma and grandpa—who kids hunt and then run away from. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "'Baby Shark' doo-doo-doo did it! Nickelodeon plans to bring TV series to preschoolers," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of daddy

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of daddy was in 1523

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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