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Dad is a palindrome (it reads the same backward as forward).

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Usage statistics for the noun dad:

spoken English83.85%written English16.15%
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Dad is sometimes a misspelling of dad's or date.

The word dad is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun dad

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Dad is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in conversational speech, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in conversational spoken English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: dads

  1. an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
    • examples: You should apologize to Dad for not coming home in time for supper. | It looks like Yokkun's dad ran off with his nursery school teacher. | I could say nothing in my dad's presence. | But Dad won't like it. | But I don't think Dad would like me to. | Mom wants to go there, but Dad wants to watch TV at home. | Dad told me to help you, Mom. | Dad is a hard worker. | Dad rarely gets back home before midnight. | My dad has a look at the newspaper every morning.
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of dad: dada / daddy / pa / papa / pappa / pop
    • more generic terms: begetter / father / male parent = a male parent


  1. "Dad" is a 1989 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Gary David Goldberg and starring Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis, Kevin Spacey and Ethan Hawke. It is based on William Wharton's novel of the same name. The original music score was composed by James Horner. The film was produced by Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures.
  2. "Dad" a.k.a. "Daddy": Tato is a 1995 drama film written and directed by Maciej Slesicki.
  3. "Dad" a.k.a. "Oca" is a 2010 Slovenian drama film directed by Vlado Škafar.
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  4. "Dad" is a 2006 short drama film written & directed by Daniel Mulloy.
  5. "Dad" is a 1998 documentary film written and directed by Chris Triffo.
    • producer: Chris Triffo
    • written by Chris Triffo
    • edited by Dean Evans
    • award:
      • Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program nomination for Chris Triffo
      • Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series nomination for Chris Triffo
      • Gemini Award for Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series nomination for Dean Evans
      • Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series, received by Chris Triffo
      • Gemini Award for Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series, received by Dean Evans


"Dad" is a novel written by William Wharton.

  • also known as "Dad: a novel"
  • language: English Language
  • subjects: Family, Father, Father-Son Relationships
  • released in (34 years ago)
  • award: - National Book Award for Fiction (Hardcover) nomination for William Wharton


  1. Dad is a fictional character from the 2012 film Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.
  2. Dad is a fictional character from the 2007 film Transformers.
  3. Dad is a fictional character from the 2011 film Dad, Lenin and Freddy.
  4. Dad a.k.a. Lawrence Fletcher is a fictional character from the TV series Phineas and Ferb.
  5. Dad is a fictional character from the 2013 film About Time.
  6. Dad is a fictional character from the 2007 drama film The Inheritance.
  7. Dad is a fictional character from the 2002 film 40 Days and 40 Nights.
  8. Dad is a fictional character from Sudkate Salateped.
  9. Dad is a fictional film character.
  10. Dad is a fictional character from The Naked Brothers Band series.
  11. dad a.k.a. Father is a fictional character from the 2012 film The Ugly Duckling.
  12. Dad is a fictional character from the 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
  13. Dad a.k.a. Papà is a fictional character in the 2011 animated short film La Luna.
  14. Dad is a fictional character from the 2012 film Dollhouse.
  15. Dad is a fictional character from the 2002 film Kamchatka.
  16. Dad a.k.a. Papa is a fictional character from the 2008 film The Inhabited Island.
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There are other characters with in their name, like Gay Dad, Ghost Dad, Dad Savage, John's Dad, Henry's Dad, Jason's Dad, Scott's Dad, Deadbeat Dad, Nobita's Dad, Stay at home dad, Worlds Greatest Dad, World's Greatest Dad.


  1. "Dad" is the second studio album by the Christian alternative rock band Breakfast with Amy, released in 1991. Produced by the band at Casbah Studios in Fullerton, CA, Dad was the group's second studio album and first studio release with new label Blonde Vinyl Records. Breakfast with Amy's new home with Michael Knott's record company, which was at the time at the forefront of the Christian alternative rock scene in Southern California, allowed the band access to a much larger audience than before with Narrowpath Records. This album saw the band use more punk sounds than in their previous release, although some neo-psychedelic/funk influences are still present.
  2. "Dad" is a musical single of K's Choice.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  3. "Dad" is a 1989 studio album by the indie rock act A Band Called Bud, later known as the Grifters.
  4. "Dad" is a composition.


  1. Dad a.k.a. Tyler McGill: Tyler Tennant McGill is an American competition swimmer who is a butterfly specialist and has been a member of two world champion relay teams from the United States. He was a member of the 2012 United States Olympic Team and earned a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4x100-meter medley relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  2. Dad a.k.a. Sammy Shore is an actor and comedian.
  3. Dad a.k.a. Carlos Eduardo Imperial: Carlos Eduardo da Corte Imperial, better known as Carlos Imperial, was a Brazilian actor, filmmaker, television presenter, songwriter and music producer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  4. Dad a.k.a. Fred Silverstein is a film and television producer.
  5. Dad a.k.a. Louis Stone was a stockbroker.

There are other people with in their name, like Dad Hale, Dad Shah, Dad Mills, Dad Speer, Dad Rocks!, Khadai Dad, Sameer Dad, Mom and Dad, Ali Dad Khan, Sher Mian Dad and many others.


  1. DAD a.k.a. D-A-D is a Danish rock band originally "Disneyland After Dark", a name that had to be changed after a threatening lawsuit from The Walt Disney Company. Their style of music is often categorized as melodic heavy rock. They have also used the names D.A.D., D•A•D and D:A:D, each name representing a period in the band's history.
  2. DAD is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like dad's, My Dad, Gay Dad, BK & Dad, Cool Dad, Mum & Dad, Dad Mom God, Mum and Dad, Cordelia's Dad, My Dad Is Dead, Dad's Porno Mag, My Dad Vs Yours, Dad and the Boys and Dad They Broke Me.


  1. Dad is a village in Komárom-Esztergom county, Hungary.
  2. Dad a.k.a. Da Nang International Airport: Đà Nẵng International Airport is located in Đà Nẵng, the largest city in central Vietnam. It is the third international airport in the country, besides Noi Bai International Airport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport, and is an important gateway to access central Vietnam.
    • also known as Da Nang Airport
    • part of Vietnam


  1. Dad a.k.a. Ḍād is one of the six letters the Arabic alphabet added to the twenty-two inherited from the Phoenician alphabet. In name and shape, it is a variant of ṣād.
  2. Dad is a BBC1 sitcom that ran for 13 episodes over two series and a Christmas special. Described by the BBC as a 'generation-gap comedy', it centered on the trials and tribulations of Alan Hook and his father Brian. Alan would often find himself getting increasingly frustrated with the endeavours of his father, whilst the world seemed to be forever against him.
  3. Dad is the title of a so-called "lost episode" of the British science fiction comedy television series, Red Dwarf. The planned first episode of the show's third series, Dad was never filmed or even fully scripted: writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor abandoned it halfway through writing it. Instead, the basic events of the episode were written into a pre-title Star Wars-eque scroll sequence of the episode Backwards, which became the new Series III premiere. Jokes from the script were also worked into other episodes: for example, Lister's revealing that he was abandoned at birth and Rimmer's subsequent speculation that Lister was the product of brother-sister incest was written into the episode The Last Day.
  4. dad is a gene.
  5. Dad is a 2005 British television film made by BBC Wales. It stars Richard Briers, Kevin Whately, Jean Heywood, Sinéad Cusack and Hannah Daniels. It is written by Lucy Gannon, produced by Hilary Bevan Jones and directed by Sarah Harding.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dad

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Google previewDad Is a "Drinking Man" (1999)

by R. K. Landa

Dad is a T EXT L IVES H ERE “Drinking Man” Subhead Author's name R. K. Landa DAD IS A “DRINKING MAN” DAD IS A “DRINKING MAN”. 0518 -LAND-soft_front.

Google previewThe Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile (2015)

Principles and Practices for an Adaptive Approach by Charles G. Cobb

DAD is a hybrid approach which extends Scrum with proven strategies from Agile Modeling (AM), Extreme Programming (XP), Unified Process (UP), Kanban, Lean Software Development, Outside In Development (OID) and several other ...

Google previewDiagnostic Pathology of Infectious Disease (2010)

by Richard L. Kradin

Although DAD is the most frequent pathologic cause of the clinical entity known as adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), other diseases, including extensive bronchopneumonia and acute pulmonary hemorrhage, can also lead to ARDS ...

Google previewFantasy Life (2013)

The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Gu y Who's Lived It by Matthew Berry

Ryan's dad is a competitive guy. Like, competitive competitive. The kind of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1859)

A - D by Hensleigh Wedgwood

See Dad. 2. Dad. W. tad. Lap. dadda (in ...

Google previewA dictionary, Canarese and English (1858)

by William Reeve, Daniel Sanderson

dad C;Vj to take refuge, seek shelter. B. morragu, See daYrti. C. »Ji)-3A);J morr6, #.

Google previewA dictionary, Hindustani and English, a English and Hindustani ... 4. ed. enlarged (1849)

by John Shakespear

ole dad (दङ्क) s. m. A ringworm, herpes, blotch : (dakh. also) the shingles, St. Anthony's fire (Harris). P. ०le ddd, s. f. 1. Gift, giving. 2. Justice, law ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chromatography (2005)

by Jack Cazes

Table 1 Families of priority and emerging pollutants, principal method of analysis proposed, and main sources SPE, solid-phase extraction; LLE, liquid-liquid extraction; SPME, solid-phase microextraction; DAD, diode-array detector; CD, ...

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Usage statistics about dad

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun dad:

spoken English83.85%written English16.15% conversational speech93.17%task-oriented speech6.83%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun dad:


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Small photo of Cute young daughter on a piggy back ride with her dad. Looking at camera.Small photo of dad with cute daughter beeing treated with lipstick for carnivalSmall photo of Cheerful bearded dad and little son talking selfie at pool with colorful ballsSmall photo of Father's day. Happy family daughter giving dad a gift on holidaySmall photo of Father and son are smiling while spending time together. Little boy is covering his dad eyesSmall photo of Kid with jet pack pretend to be superhero. Child playing with father in summer. Happy dad and son outdoors. Success, leader and winner conceptSmall photo of I love you, dad! Handsome young man at home with his little cute girl. Happy Father's Day! More...

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Quotes about Dad

I didn't know my dad for a long time. My dad was on drugs and my dad was at the VA Hospital, my dad was off in his own world selling drugs or using them or there would be crack heads in the house or whatever it would be. (Shia LaBeouf)
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Scrabble value of D2A1D2

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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