father substitute


noun Psychology.

a male who replaces an absent father and becomes an object of attachment.

Nearby words

  1. father figure,
  2. father lasher,
  3. father of his country,
  4. father of the chapel,
  5. father of the house,
  6. father time,
  7. father's day,
  8. father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,
  9. father-in-law,
  10. fatherhood

Origin of father substitute

First recorded in 1935–40

Also called father surrogate.

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