father

[ fah-ther ]
/ ˈfɑ ðər /

noun

verb (used without object)

to perform the tasks or duties of a male parent; act paternally: He fathers like he’s been doing it for years, though his kid is only three months old.

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Origin of father

First recorded before 900; Middle English fader, Old English fæder; cognate with German Vater, Latin pater, Greek patḗr, Sanskrit pitar-, Old Irish athir, Armenian hayr; all from Proto-Indo-European pətḗr. As in mother, th was substituted for d, possibly on the model of brother.

OTHER WORDS FROM father

fa·ther·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for father (1 of 2)

father
/ (ˈfɑːðə) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of father

fathering, noun

Word Origin for father

Old English fæder; related to Old Norse fathir, Old Frisian feder, Old High German fater, Latin pater, Greek patēr, Sanskrit pitr

British Dictionary definitions for father (2 of 2)

Father
/ (ˈfɑːðə) /

noun

God, esp when considered as the first person of the Christian Trinity
Also called: Church Father any of the writers on Christian doctrine of the pre-Scholastic period
a title used for Christian priests
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Idioms and Phrases with father

father

see like father, like son.

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