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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fah-th er]
    • /ˈfɑ ðər/
    • /ˈfɑːðə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fah-th er]
    • /ˈfɑ ðər/

Definitions of father word

  • noun father a male parent. 1
  • noun father a father-in-law, stepfather, or adoptive father. 1
  • noun father any male ancestor, especially the founder of a family or line; progenitor. 1
  • noun father a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider: a father to the poor. 1
  • noun father a person who has originated or established something: the father of modern psychology; the founding fathers. 1
  • noun father a precursor, prototype, or early form: The horseless carriage was the father of the modern automobile. 1

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Origin of father

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English fader, Old English fæder; cognate with German Vater, Latin pater, Greek patḗr, Sanskrit pitar, Old Irish athir, Armenian hayr

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Father


father popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

father usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for father

verb father

  • conceive — If you cannot conceive of something, you cannot imagine it or believe it.
  • spawn — Zoology. the mass of eggs deposited by fishes, amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans, etc.
  • create — To create something means to cause it to happen or exist.
  • originate — to take its origin or rise; begin; start; arise: The practice originated during the Middle Ages.
  • invent — to originate or create as a product of one's own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent the telegraph.

noun father

  • lama — a priest or monk in Lamaism.
  • dad — Your dad is your father. You can call your dad 'Dad'.
  • daddy — Children often call their father daddy.
  • pop — point of presence
  • pater — Latin. father of his country.

Antonyms for father

verb father

  • destroy — To destroy something means to cause so much damage to it that it is completely ruined or does not exist any more.
  • ruinruins, the remains of a building, city, etc., that has been destroyed or that is in disrepair or a state of decay: We visited the ruins of ancient Greece.
  • result — to spring, arise, or proceed as a consequence of actions, circumstances, premises, etc.; be the outcome.
  • finish — to bring (something) to an end or to completion; complete: to finish a novel; to finish breakfast.
  • halt — to falter, as in speech, reasoning, etc.; be hesitant; stumble.

noun father

  • descendant — Someone's descendants are the people in later generations who are related to them.
  • effect — something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence: Exposure to the sun had the effect of toughening his skin.
  • end — Come or bring to a final point; finish.

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