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verb (used with object), dad·died, dad·dy·ing.
  1. 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. 2018

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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
  1. an informal word for father
  2. the daddy slang, mainly US, Canadian and Australian the supreme or finest examplethe daddy of them all
  3. 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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