\ ˈdad How to pronounce dad (audio) \
plural dads

Definition of dad

: a male parent : father sense 1a My mom swam and played soccer, my dad surfed, and my brother played basketball.— Shannon Griggs Don't get me wrong, I'm a good dad who maintains a cheerful household and greets parenthood with a smile and an open heart.— Ron Harris

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Synonyms for dad


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

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Examples of dad in a Sentence

Her mom and dad both said she can't go. my dad did most of the cooking for dinner because he usually got home earlier than my mom

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Outfielder Wil Myers’ dad served in the Marine Corps. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres are a big hit with Veterans Village of San Diego," 20 June 2019 The space is lined with drawings that Shaw’s dad made while taking an art class through the mail. Deborah Martin,, "Crystal Bridges exhibit ‘Men of Steel, Women of Wonder’ lands in San Antonio," 19 June 2019 Tobin Heath’s dad got a video from her at breakfast saying happy Father’s Day. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT fathers celebrate special day at World Cup match in Paris," 16 June 2019 One of their main backers is the NoVo Foundation, a fund set up by Peter and Jennifer Buffett, with the cash fronted by Peter’s dad, Warren. The Economist, "The winner (no longer) takes it all," 15 June 2019 Weiner was in her 20s when her mom, who had been divorced from Weiner’s dad for a decade, fell in love with a woman. Heidi Stevens,, "In 'Mrs. Everything,' Jennifer Weiner explores her mom's sexuality, evolving gender roles and Donald Trump's America. Is it a beach read? Maybe!," 14 June 2019 Although Finn said that dad title is going to take some getting used to. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "13-year-old battling kidney disease finds a new home with his teacher," 14 June 2019 Someone’s dad is definitely into that. 492 S. Colorado Blvd. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Where to buy pot in Denver with your dad on Father’s Day," 13 June 2019 The model opted to pair hers with sporty dad sneakers, a lime green bag, and a sideways cross necklace. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Steps Out in the Dress (and the Color) of Summer," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of dad

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dad

probably baby talk

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English Language Learners Definition of dad

informal : a person's father


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