sugar daddy


: a well-to-do usually older man who supports or spends lavishly on a mistress, girlfriend, or boyfriend
: a generous benefactor of a cause or undertaking

Examples of sugar daddy in a Sentence

She's on the lookout for a new sugar daddy. the only reason the town has any Independence Day fireworks in the first place is because the Internet tycoon has willingly become the event's de facto sugar daddy
Recent Examples on the Web Americans and Canadians with a history of sugar dating perceive sugar babies as having more power than their sugar daddies, mamas, and non-binary benefactors. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 While enduring a painfully awkward shiva, aimless college undergrad Danielle comes face to face with her accomplished ex-girlfriend and unexpectedly crosses paths with her own secret sugar daddy, who arrives with his non-Jewish wife and baby in tow. James Mercadante and Kelsie Calderon,, 19 Sep. 2023 Created in his parents’ basement—with an equally great live version filmed in their cluttered garage—the track includes raps about not being able to compete with a lover’s sugar daddy. Pitchfork, 4 Dec. 2023 College football is about money now, and his school doesn’t have sugar daddies to cover $86-million buyouts. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Dec. 2023 Might she be reconciled with the party’s host and her former sugar daddy? Chris Bohjalian, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 Thomas likely met all of his billionaire sugar daddies through the Horatio Alger Association, which costs $200,000 to join. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2023 Florida has the largest per capita population of sugar daddies in the United States. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 4 May 2023 The film’s attitude toward the demimonde of Hong Kong sugar daddies and the models who pretend to love them boils down to a cheeky and rather thoughtless shrug. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 13 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sugar daddy was in 1926

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“Sugar daddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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