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

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 In August 1987, Dirty Dancing swept moviegoers off their feet with the upstairs-downstairs romance between an earnest daddy’s girl (Jennifer Grey) and a macho dance instructor (Patrick Swayze) at the fictional Kellerman's resort in the Catskills., 30 Mar. 2024 For instance, the organs might help daddy longlegs detect differences in light, which may influence their circadian rhythms. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 By just looking at daddy longlegs, scientists could only see their two forward-facing peepers. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 Also in the picture are Lou’s deplorable brother-in-law JJ ( Palo Alto native Dave Franco, nearly unrecognizable) who beats his wife Beth (Jena Malone), and Lou’s bug-loving, long-haired daddy Lou Sr. (a reptilian Ed Harris), who runs a shooting range. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 13 Mar. 2024 In one corner is the leading superhero movie of 2023, while in the other, a beautifully melancholic work from the daddy of Japanese animation Hayao Miyazaki. Tom Page, CNN, 9 Mar. 2024 Last month, Maluma spoke about getting ready for daddy duty at the 2024 Grammy Awards. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 Hamilton portrays General Eleanor McCallister, a high-ranking military officer who has daddy issues and a long brewing interest in extraterrestrials. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 29 Feb. 2024 This happens so often that our preschooler has started to wonder aloud who her brother belongs to, if not her daddy. Jeanne Phillips, The Mercury News, 17 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Daddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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dad·​dy ˈdad-ē How to pronounce daddy (audio)
plural daddies

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