noun, plural dad·dies.

a diminutive of dad1.
Slang. sugar daddy.

verb (used with object), dad·died, dad·dy·ing.

Chiefly Appalachian. to father or sire.

Origin of daddy

First recorded in 1490–1500; dad1 + -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for daddy

Contemporary Examples of daddy

Historical Examples of daddy

  • But daddy's attentions were for few, and not to be lightly received.


    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


noun plural -dies

an informal word for father
the daddy slang, mainly US, Canadian and Australian the supreme or finest examplethe daddy of them all
slang the dominant male in a group; boss; top man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for daddy

c.1500, colloquial diminutive of dad, with -y (3). Daddylonglegs is from 1814; daddy-o is first recorded 1949, from bop talk.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with daddy


see big daddy; granddaddy of them all; sugar daddy.

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