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Dad. n.s. [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; ἄττα, Greek; atta, Gothick; tata, Latin. Mammas atque tatas habet Afra, Mart.] Father.

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

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

Sources: Gay, John (51) · Shakespeare's King John (43) · Martial (3)

Attributes: Gothic (10) · Greek (126) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Welsh (Welch) (27)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Dad." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 21, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2716.


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