noun, plural sug·ar dad·dies.Slang.
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Origin of sugar daddy
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What does sugar daddy mean?
A sugar daddy is an older man who may throw gifts, allowances, and trips on a younger woman or man in exchange for a consensual sexual relationship.
How do you pronounce sugar daddy?[ shoo g-er dad-ee ]
Where does sugar daddy come from?
There are two ingredients to sugar daddy. The first is sugar, slang for “money” and “expensive gifts” reaching back to the 19th century. The second is daddy, a colloquial term for a man of some age—and power—also found in the 19th century.
Put them together and you get the sugar daddy, that species of older man looking for sexual gratification in a younger partner, which he achieves through his wealth and influence. The term is evidenced as early as 1917.
It’s not a relationship built on love, exactly. The sugar daddy, no longer at his peak, gets the thrill of youth and beauty from this exchange. The sugar baby, as the younger counterpart is sometimes called, gets gifts, trips, play money, and a plush lifestyle. But the affair, dubbed sugar dating in the 2010s, is considered consensual.
We’ve explored the phenomenon in popular culture, from Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 “Sugar Daddy” to the 2014 film Sugar Daddies.
And, we’ve labeled plenty of real-life relationships with sugar daddy, including Playboy‘s Hugh Hefner, actor Charlie Sheen, and Donald Trump. The implication is that, if it weren’t for their money, these sugar daddies would not have the women they do.
The 2000s have taken sugar daddy to the next level. There’s a conference called the Sugar Baby Summit delivered by SeekingArrangement, a service “where Sugar Babies enjoy a life of luxury by being pampered with fine dinners, exotic trips and allowances. In turn, Sugar Daddies or Mommas find beautiful members to accompany them at all times.”
How is sugar daddy used in real life?
One the one hand, sugar daddy can imply the younger part in the relationship is a sex worker or gold-digger.
On the other hand, some fantasize about finding themselves a sugar daddy so they can quit that 9–5, exchanging kisses for karats.
As noted, the younger partner is the sugar baby …
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… and sugar momma (or mama) is the sugar daddy‘s female counterpart. Unlike the sugar daddy, she’s generally seen as attractive—a MILF or cougar, and her younger man may be the boy toy.
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— amanda (@amanda_c_rae) June 9, 2018
More examples of sugar daddy:
“I also knew, based on a story my colleague Tanza Loudenback had published on sugar daddies who help sugar babies with their college tuition, that the lifestyle wasn’t all about multi-thousand-dollar Chanel bags and trips to Tahiti.”
—Shana Lebowitz, Business Insider, June, 2018
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for sugar daddy
Alcohol and sugar, even in moderate amounts, are not only sinful but poisonous.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Between 25 and 30, you’re trying to decide how much longer before you start growing a beard and calling yourself ‘Daddy.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A recent U.S. study found men get a “daddy bonus” —employers seem to like men who have children and their salaries show it.
Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
His chief duty on the sugar plantation is to keep the monkeys out of the cane.
Besides, there is always a bunch of bananas hanging inside the house, and he has sugar-cane in abundance.
Until a few months ago, the boy has lived on a sugar plantation owned by a rich Tagal planter.
Receiving small encouragement in England, he applied to sugar-cane planters to give his engines a trial in the West Indies.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
Spain is at war with North America, and now offers us this sugar-plum to draw us to her side to defend her against invasion.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for sugar daddy
Idioms and Phrases with sugar daddy
A wealthy, usually older man who gives expensive gifts to someone much younger in return for companionship or sexual favors. For example, The aspiring young actress and the sugar daddy are a classic combination in Hollywood. The sugar in this term alludes to the sweetening role of the gifts, and daddy to the age difference between the pair. [Early 1900s]