- (often initial capital letter)a title of reverence, as for church dignitaries, officers of monasteries, monks, confessors, and especially priests.
- a person bearing this title.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of father
Related Words for fatheredconceive, spawn, engender, establish, create, originate, invent, procreate, produce, found, beget, generate, trigger
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Contemporary Examples of fathered
He was eventually advised by one bank that he had fathered too many children locally and then began donating elsewhere.The Real Problem With Sperm Banks
October 7, 2014
Jaycee Dugard, who was held captive for 18 years in a squalid series of tents by her abductor, who fathered her two children.New Hope for Parents of Missing Madeleine McCann
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 8, 2013
And Arthur Laffer, the creator of supply-side economics, may have fathered six children.Keynes’s Gift to Posterity
May 7, 2013
Before his marriage, he was reputed to have fathered a child by a Filipino woman during his service in that country.David's Bookclub: Until the Last Trumpet Sounds
December 24, 2012
He was also a documented philanderer who fathered several children with various women.‘Mea Maxima Culpa’ Reveals What the Catholic Church Knew
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 9, 2012
Historical Examples of fathered
It has already been explained that this Pamphlet was fathered on Khalid by the Jesuits.The Book of Khalid
The latest phases of all philosophies were fathered upon the founder of the school.Parmenides
If this turpitude were published, it would be said that he had fathered it.The Paliser case
And the lad, Nazu, had appealed to him; he would have fathered him as only a lonely bachelor can.Creatures of Vibration
It was a reputable sort of a book this, and fathered by a respected Oxford cleric.The Message
Alec John Dawson
Word Origin for father
Old English fæder "father, male ancestor," from Proto-Germanic *fader (cf. Old Saxon fadar, Old Frisian feder, Dutch vader, Old Norse faðir, Old High German fater, German vater), from PIE *pəter (cf. Sanskrit pitar-, Greek pater, Latin pater, Old Persian pita, Old Irish athir "father"), presumably from baby-speak sound like pa.
The classic example of Grimm's Law, where PIE "p-" becomes Germanic "f-." Spelling with -th- (15c.) reflects widespread phonetic shift in Middle English that turned -der to -ther in many words; spelling caught up to pronunciation in 1500s (cf. burden, murder).
c.1400, from father (n.). Related: Fathered; fathering.
see like father, like son.