noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
- daddy longlegs
Origin of dada
Examples from the Web for dada
The other day we got in the car and I had a CD on, and he said, “Dada, is that James Brown?”Kentucky’s Finest Antihero: Walton Goggins on Justified’s Chameleon Villain|Allen Barra|February 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At Performa, Shana Lutker revisits a wild Dada play that featured a nose and some lips.
Was one of Dada's fathers really such a mystery or did he show his true self in his art?
When the postmaster had finished his supper, the girl suddenly asked him: ‘Dada, will you take me to your home?’Mashi and Other Stories|Rabindranath Tagore
It was a battle between Dada and Gaga, and emphatically Dada must win.
Next Dada sent him to watch the cows as they grazed in the open meadow in the lowland, or among the dried grasses on the hillside.Our Little Persian Cousin|E. Cutler Shedd
An old woman died, as old women will, and every one was asking “Who sent the evil spirit that destroyed poor old Dada?”In the Wrong Paradise|Andrew Lang
Dada repeats to you things which you understand perfectly and these sound to you the very essence of wisdom.The Cycle of Spring|Rabindranath Tagore
Word Origin for Dada
1920, from French dada "hobbyhorse," child's nonsense word, selected 1916 by Romanian poet Tristan Tzara (1896-1963), leader of the movement, for its resemblance to meaningless babble.
Freedom: DADA DADA DADA, the howl of clashing colors, the intertwining of all contradictions, grotesqueries, trivialities: LIFE. [T. Tzara, "Dada Manifesto," 1918]
Related: Dadaist; Dadaism.