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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dad, dada, daddy, pa, papa, pappa, popnoun

    an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk


  1. dadnoun

    A father, a male parent.

    He hadn't seen his dad in years.

  2. Dadnoun

    One's father.

    I will only do what Dad says.

  3. Etymology: From dadd, dadde, perhaps of origin, compare Welsh and Gaelic dad, tad; possibly related to Russian дядя.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dad, Daddynoun

    [The child’s way of expressing father. It is remarkable, that, in all parts of the world, the word for father, as first taught to children, is compounded of a and t, or the kindred letter d differently placed; as tad, Welsh; αττα, Greek; atta, Gothick; tata, Latin. Mammas atque tatas habet Asra, Mart.]

    I was never so bethumpt with words,
    Since first I call’d my brother’s father dad. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    His loving mother left him to my care;
    Fine child, as like his dad as he could stare! John Gay.


  1. Dad

    A dad is a term commonly used to refer to a male parent or a father. He is a caregiver, provider, and protector for his children. Dads play an essential role in the upbringing and development of their children, offering guidance, love, support, and discipline. They are typically involved in various aspects of their children's lives, including education, emotional well-being, and extracurricular activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dadnoun

    father; -- a word sometimes used by children

  2. Etymology: [Prob. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. daid, Gael. daidein, W. tad, OL. tata, Gr. ta`ta, te`tta, Skr. tta.]


  1. Dad

    "Dad" is episode 10 of season 3 in the television show Angel. After Darla sacrifices herself to save her baby, Angel takes the newborn back to the hotel where he tries to figure out how to be a good father. But Angel and the gang’s problems multiply when they are trapped at the hotel by several groups of enemies, including vampire cults, demon cults and satanic humans, bent on kidnapping his infant son. After brushing off Sahjhan, Holtz goes about Los Angeles recruiting new help for his quest to kill Angel by hiring humans whose families were also victims of vampires, starting with one bitter, working-class woman, named Justine Cooper, as his right hand person and recruiter.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dad

    dad, Daddy, dad′i, n. father, a word used by children.—n. Dadd′y-long-legs, the crane-fly, a familiar insect with long body, legs, and antennæ. [Prob. Celt., W. tad, Bret, tad, tat; cf. Gr. tata.]

  2. Dad

    dad, v.t. to throw against something: to dash.—n. a lump: a piece: a blow. [Der. unknown.]

Editors Contribution

  1. dadnoun

    Dictating as detective. 1.) Father; Abba, male parent.

    I pray and practice everyday to be the best dad that I can be.

    Etymology: Authorship

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on November 10, 2023  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DAD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dad is ranked #99378 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dad surname appeared 182 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Dad.

    60.9% or 111 total occurrences were Asian.
    14.8% or 27 total occurrences were White.
    14.2% or 26 total occurrences were Black.
    6.5% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dad' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2173

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dad' in Written Corpus Frequency: #348

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dad' in Nouns Frequency: #633

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dad in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dad in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of dad in a Sentence

  1. Euripides:

    A sweet thing, for whatever time, to revisit in dreams the dear dad we have lost.

  2. Bindi Irwin:

    Mom and Dad are truly my heroes, and I have to say, so is my little brother, Robert. He's 11, and he's just the most amazing boy. He's so much like Dad sometimes, it's a bit scary. Dad is and always will be my living, breathing superhero.

  3. John Elway:

    ( Manning) doesn't need to worry or think about retirement now, dad Archie Manning's worked too hard to get where Dad Archie Manning is now. There's no sense in talking about whether Dad Archie Manning's going to end it now or not. Dad Archie Manning has plenty of time in the off-season to reminisce and look back. Dad Archie Manning key thing is to concentrate and stay in the moment. This is what Dad Archie Manning worked for.

  4. Robert Crane:

    I guess his motive might have been a rejection finally of their friendship or whatever you want to call it by my dad, my dad wanted to make some changes. He was getting divorced. He was trying to clean up his act. And maybe Carpenter couldn’t handle that… He got my dad involved in these swing parties back then… I can’t say my dad wouldn’t have done that on his own somehow, but Carpenter knew the avenues to travel and took my dad along on some of these adventures.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s Attorney General, like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched, and he lives on in their hearts.

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