Daddy vs. Dad

By Jaxson

  • Dad

    A father is the male parent of a child. Besides the paternal bonds of a father to his children, the father may have a parental, legal, and social relationship with the child that carries with it certain rights and obligations. An adoptive father is a male who has become the child’s parent through the legal process of adoption. A biological father is the male genetic contributor to the creation of the infant, through sexual intercourse or sperm donation. A biological father may have legal obligations to a child not raised by him, such as an obligation of monetary support. A putative father is a man whose biological relationship to a child is alleged but has not been established. A stepfather is a male who is the husband of a child’s mother and they may form a family unit, but who generally does not have the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent in relation to the child.

    The adjective “paternal” refers to a father and comparatively to “maternal” for a mother. The verb “to father” means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the noun “fathering”. Biological fathers determine the sex of their child through a sperm cell which either contains an X chromosome (female), or Y chromosome (male). Related terms of endearment are dad (dada, daddy), papa, pappa, papasita, (pa, pap) and pop. A male role model that children can look up to is sometimes referred to as a father-figure.

  • Daddy (noun)


  • Daddy (noun)

    male lover.

  • Daddy (noun)

    an informal term of address for a man

    “Rock ‘n’ roll is cool, daddy, and you know it!”

  • Dad (noun)

    A father, a male parent.

    “He hadn’t seen his dad in years.”

  • Dad (noun)

    Used to address one’s father

    “Happy Father’s Day, Dad!”

  • Dad (noun)

    Used to address an older adult male

  • Dad (verb)

    To throw against something; to dash.


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