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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fah-th er]
    • /ˈfɑ ðər/
    • /ˈfɑː.ðər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fah-th er]
    • /ˈfɑ ðər/

Definitions of fathering word

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

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Origin of fathering

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

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Parts of speech for Fathering


fathering 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.
According to our data about 52% 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.

fathering usage trend in Literature

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