[ dad ]
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  1. a person’s father or one’s father.

  2. a person who is corny or embarrassing in the way that a father figure might be: He was being such a dad when he told that story.

  1. a term of endearment used to refer to a man or boy who is admired: A bunch of teens commented “HI DAD!” on the rapper’s post.

  1. corny or embarrassing in the way that a father figure might be: a dad joke;the most dad story ever.

  2. handsome or stylish; amazing; to be admired: Those shoes are totally dad.

verb (used with object)
  1. to act as a father toward; act paternally toward: Stop dadding me about my grades!

  2. to refer to (an admired man or boy) as “dad”: My friends dad me whenever I look good.

verb (used without object)
  1. to perform the tasks or duties of a male parent; act paternally: He dads like a champ.

  2. to refer to an admired man or boy as “dad”: They dad whenever a new photo pops up on their feeds.

Origin of dad

First recorded in 1530–40; probably originally baby talk dah-dah

Other definitions for dad (2 of 4)

[ dad ]

  1. God (used in combination in mild oaths): dad-blamed; dad-gummed.

Origin of dad

First recorded in 1670–80; euphemism for God; see also Gad1

Other definitions for dad (3 of 4)

[ dad ]

nounScot. and North England.
  1. a solid blow or knock.

  2. a large slice, lump, or portion.

Origin of dad

First recorded in 1710–20; probably variant of dab1

Other definitions for ḍad (4 of 4)

[ dahd ]

  1. the 15th letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of ḍad

From Arabic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for dad


/ (dæd) /

  1. an informal word for father

Origin of dad

C16: childish word; compare Greek tata, Sanskrit tatas

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