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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 of papa
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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  • That is very possible, papa; and it was not always very flattering for that reason.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • “I dare say Deerbrook is very much obliged to her,” said papa.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • papa said yesterday I must tell a story, and I have one all ready.

  • papa defended me, he refused to sacrifice me, and this led practically to their rupture.

    The Marriages Henry James
  • He says it is something about Paul, and that it is not nice, and that papa would not like me to know it.

    Paul Patoff F. Marion Crawford
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

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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