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daddy

[dad-ee] /ˈdæd i/
noun, plural daddies.
1.
a diminutive of dad1 .
2.
Slang. sugar daddy.
verb (used with object), daddied, daddying.
3.
Chiefly Appalachian. to father or sire.
Origin of daddy
1490-1500
First recorded in 1490-1500; dad1 + -y2
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  • But daddy's attentions were for few, and not to be lightly received.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I don't know why I never thought of royalties since daddy went.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • It's an inheritance from daddy, this concentrating with all my might on one thing at a time.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • You're the thief—Levi West—you come here and stole my daddy from me ye did.

  • Besides, he feared the rod of the monks, or his daddy, if he remained.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
British Dictionary definitions for daddy

daddy

/ˈdædɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
an informal word for father
2.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian, Austral) the daddy, the supreme or finest example: the daddy of them all
3.
(slang) the dominant male in a group; boss; top man
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Word Origin and History for daddy
n.

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

daddy

noun

  1. A male lover, esp one who keeps a younger mistress; sugar daddy (1920s+ Black)
  2. The most respected man in a field; cynosure; dean: Gary Cooper, the daddy of all cowboys (1901+)

Related Terms

disneyland daddy, ho-dad

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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