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[dad-ee] /ˈdæd i/
noun, plural daddies.
a diminutive of dad1 .
Slang. sugar daddy.
verb (used with object), daddied, daddying.
Chiefly Appalachian. to father or sire.
Origin of daddy
1490-1500; dad1 + -y2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for daddy
  • As statues of daddy and grandpa were common in the corner of any proper house, many survive today.
  • It is not occupied by sweet moral scientists who pay for their research out of daddy's wealthy earnings.
  • They were also much more understanding when daddy had to close his home-office door and work.
  • daddy will always pick him as his successor over the moe qualified business school grad.
  • If daddy and mommy are rich, you get to go to college.
  • With daddy standing watch and foraging, females can devote more of their energy to actually producing and laying eggs.
  • Galactic collisions are the grand-daddy of catastrophes, but asteroid impacts are much more common.
  • Horror is a genre obsessed with the evil daddy-thing.
  • The daddy water bug fiercely protects his eggs and periodically exposes them to air to prevent them from growing mold.
  • Some are also resorting to an old tradition among ailing newspapers of seeking a sugar-daddy.
British Dictionary definitions for daddy


noun (pl) -dies
an informal word for father
(slang, mainly US & Canadian, Austral) the daddy, the supreme or finest example: the daddy of them all
(slang) the dominant male in a group; boss; top man
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Word Origin and History for daddy

c.1500, colloquial diminutive of dad, with -y (3). Daddylonglegs is from 1814; daddy-o is first recorded 1949, from bop talk.

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Slang definitions & phrases for daddy



(also dag-blamed or dag-blasted) Wretched; accursed; darn: Git outta my dad-blamed way (1840s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with daddy
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