a person’s father or one’s father.
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.
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.
corny or embarrassing in the way that a father figure might be: a dad joke;the most dad story ever.
handsome or stylish; amazing; to be admired: Those shoes are totally dad.
to act as a father toward; act paternally toward: Stop dadding me about my grades!
to refer to (an admired man or boy) as “dad”: My friends dad me whenever I look good.
to perform the tasks or duties of a male parent; act paternally: He dads like a champ.
to refer to an admired man or boy as “dad”: They dad whenever a new photo pops up on their feeds.
Other definitions for dad (2 of 4)
God (used in combination in mild oaths): dad-blamed; dad-gummed.
Other definitions for dad (3 of 4)
a solid blow or knock.
a large slice, lump, or portion.
Other definitions for ḍad (4 of 4)
the 15th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
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How to use dad in a sentence
My dad, he and I didn’t sit down and have those big, long talks that some dads do with their children, but it stuck with me, and I remembered him saying that.Tom Colicchio Hopes (and Fears) COVID-19 Will Change the Restaurant Industry | Pallabi Munsi | September 16, 2020 | Ozy
She goes to war to save her dad, sure — but she also goes because she’s a tomboy who rejects traditional femininity.The history of Mulan, from a 6th-century ballad to the live-action Disney movie | Constance Grady | September 4, 2020 | Vox
It has a 70-pound weight limit, so it’s off-limits for mom and dad but great for younger children.
I want my children to think the world of their dad the way Gianna Floyd thinks of hers.Levi Strauss CEO: We can’t solve racial inequality if gun violence and voter disenfranchisement persist | jakemeth | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
It’s been stressful because I have to worry about still having to help my dad, I have to give him rent money every month, and then I still have to pay off this loan … and I don’t get that much of a check, you know.The Loan Company That Sued Thousands of Low-Income Latinos During the Pandemic | by Kiah Collier, Ren Larson and Perla Trevizo | August 31, 2020 | ProPublica
My dad was a sailor, and all through my childhood he was away half of the time at sea, and to an extent I have a similar job.
His wife passed away and they had kids, and he wanted to focus on being a dad so he just stopped to raise his kids.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness | Marlow Stern | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fear of…dad, of the war…yes, that…but something else…the fear that life is nor being lived right here now.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
My dad had worked for a while as a ranch hand, and his “Open Road” was a remnant of those days.
The kids are out of school, Mom is out of get-up-and-go, dad is out of work.
"dad and Hans Rutter, as you know, weren't the sort of men to sit around and mourn over anything like that," she laughed.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
When I told dad, sez I, 'dad, did ever yer hear sech a thing uz gittin' up afore light to feed stock?'Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
He was one of dad's tenants, a big purple-faced man, who drank a lot and never took much exercise.Uncanny Tales | Various
Why, I coaxed even dad over to camp once and I've always wanted Helena to go.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
I'd do anything for dad an' I guess if he thought I was gettin' discouraged he'd jest plum up an' quit.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle | Laura Lee Hope
British Dictionary definitions for dad
an informal word for father
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