- (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
Examples from the Web for fathering
Contemporary Examples of fathering
Cristian was the prime evidence that sent his biological father to jail for fathering him.Families Decry Supreme Court Decision on Juvenile Life Without Parole
June 26, 2012
Justin Bieber is in hot water after a 20-year-old woman filed a lawsuit accusing the 17-year-old pop star of fathering her baby.The Case Against Justin Bieber
November 5, 2011
But in the book, Assange admits to fathering “other children born to people I cared about.”Assange Biography: Best Bits
September 22, 2011
Arnold Schwarzenegger confessed to fathering a child with his housekeeper after being confronted by The Los Angeles Times.
Arnold Schwarzenegger confessed to fathering a child with his housekeeper after confronted by the Los Angeles Times.
Historical Examples of fathering
Who, after all, could blame him for fathering thoughts that ranching was not all it was supposed to be?The Spoilers of the Valley
In my language the Syndic is a father-image which does a good job of fathering.The Syndic
Slade fathering all life on earth there in the sea with his dead body.Prison of a Billion Years
It is not her body that his Highness hateth, but her fathering.The Fifth Queen
Ford Madox Ford
She looked her stiffest, relishing but little the fathering upon her of this expedient.A Bed of Roses
W. L. George
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.