follow Dictionary.com

8 Wintry Words to Defrost Your Vocabulary

big daddy

noun, (often initial capital letters) Informal.
1.
a man regarded as the paternalistic head of a family.
2.
the founder or a leading member of a company, organization, movement, etc.:
the big daddy of soil conservation.
3.
the federal government:
to thank big daddy for the tax cut.
4.
Chiefly Southern U.S. grandfather.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for big daddy

big Chief

noun
1.
(informal) other terms for big White Chief
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for big daddy

Big Daddy

noun phrase
  1. You there; man; big boy, mac •Term of address used to any man, usually with a view to flattering him (1940s+)
  2. daddy (1920s+ Jazz musicians)
  3. daddy-o (1940s+ Jazz musicians)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with big daddy

big daddy

.
An influential man, a big shot (see under big cheese), as in You'll have to get permission from big daddy. [ ; mid-1900s ]
.
A male sweetheart or friend, often a man considerably older than his female companion; a sugar daddy [ ; mid-1900s ]
.
Grandfather. This usage originated in the South among African-Americans.
.
The largest or most important person or thing of its kind. For example, The United States has long been the big daddy of the Western Hemisphere, or The blue whale was the big daddy of the ocean. [ ; 1960s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for big daddy

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for big

6
8
Scrabble Words With Friends