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papa

[pah-puh, puh-pah] /ˈpɑ pə, pəˈpɑ/
noun
1.
2.
(initial capital letter) a code word used in communications, especially by radio, to represent the letter P.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < French; Middle French pappa (nursery word); compare Latin pāpa father (see pope), Old Norse pāpi, pabbi father. See pap1
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Examples for papa
  • They stay closer to their homes, close to mama and papa, to help them in case of bad economic situations.
British Dictionary definitions for papa

papa1

/pəˈpɑː/
noun
1.
(old-fashioned) an informal word for father (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: from French, a children's word for father; compare Late Latin pāpa, Greek pappa

papa2

/ˈpɑːpɑː/
noun
1.
(RC Church) another name for the pope1 (sense 1)
Word Origin
C16: from Italian

papa3

/ˈpɑːpa/
noun
1.
(NZ) rare. a soft blue-grey clay of marine siltstone or sandstone
Word Origin
Māori

Papa

/ˈpɑːpɑː/
noun
1.
(communications) a code word for the letter p
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Word Origin and History for papa
n.

"father," 1680s, from French papa, from Latin papa, originally a child's word, cf. Greek pappa (vocative) "o father," pappas "father," pappos "grandfather." The native word is daddy; first use of papa was in courtly speech, as a continental affectation, not used by common folk until late 18c.

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Slang definitions & phrases for papa

papa

noun

A male lover; DADDY (1785+ esp black); (1922+)

Related Terms

sweet man


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