father figure

fa·ther fig·ure
F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fah-th er fig-yer]
    • /ˈfɑ ðər ˈfɪg yər/
    • /ˈfɑːðə(r) ˈfɪɡə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fah-th er fig-yer]
    • /ˈfɑ ðər ˈfɪg yər/

Definitions of father figure words

  • noun father figure a man embodying or seeming to embody the qualities of an idealized conception of the male parent, eliciting from others the emotional responses that a child typically has toward its father. 1
  • countable noun father figure If you describe someone as a father figure, you mean that you feel able to turn to that person for advice and support in the same way that you might turn to your father. 0
  • noun father figure someone who is thought of as taking the place of a father and being the person you can turn to for advice, support, guidance, or help 0

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Origin of father figure

First appearance:

before 1930
One of the 10% newest English words
First recorded in 1930-35

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Parts of speech for Father figure


father figure popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

father figure usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for father figure

noun father figure

  • substitute — a person or thing acting or serving in place of another.
  • surrogate — a person appointed to act for another; deputy.
  • father substitute — a male who replaces an absent father and becomes an object of attachment.

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