pa·​pa | \ ˈpä-pə How to pronounce papa (audio) , chiefly British pə-ˈpä \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈpä-​pə How to pronounce poppa (audio) \

Definition of papa

 (Entry 1 of 2)


communications code word
Pa·​pa | \ pə-ˈpä How to pronounce Papa (audio) , ˈpä-pə \

Definition of Papa (Entry 2 of 2)

used as a code word for the letter p

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Synonyms for papa

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of papa in a Sentence

Noun a proud papa of newborn twins
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Has the new papa in your life been hanging out at home in flannel pajamas, but is ready to venture out? oregonlive, "Father’s Day: Gift ideas to make dads happy on June 21," 7 June 2020 Unfortunately, the other day, Baby's papa was doing some home projects and left the garage door open, and my lovely bicycle was stolen. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Dress code for a pajama party," 14 Dec. 2019 At the wheel of this desert-racing, quasi-retro freak show is its proud papa, Jim Glickenhaus. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "The Arachnid-Chic Glickenhaus Boot Is like Nothing Else on Earth," 15 Mar. 2020 DeRozan, who played two seasons with Siakam before being traded to the Spurs, felt a little like a proud papa. Jeff Mcdonald,, "For San Antonio Spurs, the zone is a double-edged sword," 25 Jan. 2020 So first-time papa Rubio must get comfortable with this new part of his life. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns seeking must-needed win over Golden State Warriors before all-star break," 11 Feb. 2020 Final score Suns 121, Knicks 98 (Madison Square Garden, 18,215) Player of the game: Ricky Rubio The brand new papa nearly posted a triple-double, set the tone early, hit big shots and got Ayton going early and often. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "New father Ricky Rubio has big night in Phoenix Suns' win over New York Knicks," 16 Jan. 2020 Being a papa is really fine, made especially so by two important facts. Michael Shapiro, Longreads, "Book of Lamentations," 29 Oct. 2019 Brazier says the man who coaches him at NOP isn’t Salazar, but an assistant, Pete Julian, who was present after the finish, beaming like a proud papa., "DOHA, Qatar — Not a single runner passing through the orbit of famed track coach Alberto Salazar has been implicated for doping, so when Donavan Brazier coasted in for a blowout victory Tuesday in the 800-meter race at the world championships, there was no reason to suspect he would be, either.," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of papa


1677, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papa


French (baby talk)

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19 Jun 2020

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“Papa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce Papa (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of papa

informal + somewhat old-fashioned : a person's father


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