NounFather (plural Fathers)
- A male who sires (and often raises) a child.
- A term of address for an elderly man.
- A person who plays the role of a father in some way.
- The founder of a discipline or science.
- To be a father to; to sire.
- (figuratively) To give rise to.
- To act as a father; to support and nurture.
Adjectives for Father
adoptive; doting; implacable; prosaic; crusading; reverend; illustrious; active; improvident; bustling; electioneering; mitered; groveling; virtuous; joyful; ill-tempered; fond; dreadful; peevish; noble; ghostly; banished; honored; earthly; obdurate; hilarious; strenuous; formidable; vain; hollow; heartless; persecuted; imperial; uncowled; stricken; avaricious; spendthrift; unsuspecting; benignant; narrow-praying; blustering; indulgent; worthy; irate; grimy; jaunty; tender; scholarly; venerable; remorseful; impecunious; avaricious; dissolute; judicious; temporal; deceiving; autocratic.
Ambrose of Milan, Athanasius, Barnabas, Basil, Brother, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, Cyprian of Carthage, Cyril of Jerusalem, Dom, Gregory of Nyssa, Hermas, His Grace, His Holiness, His Reverence, Holiness, Ignatius, Irenaeus, Jerome, John, John Chrysostom, Justin Martyr, Lactantius Firmianus, Luke, Mark, Monsignor, Mother, Origen, Papias, Paul, Peter, Polycarp, Rabbi, Sister, Tertullian, ante-Nicene Fathers, apostle, disciple, evangelist, saint
foster father, found, founder, frame, framer, frater, gallach, generate, generator, genitor, gestate, get, give birth to, give occasion to, give origin to, give rise to, governor, grandnephew, grandniece, granduncle, great man, great-aunt, great-uncle, grower, half brother, hatch, important person, inaugurate, inaugurator, inbreed, industrialist, initiate, initiator, inspirer, instigator, institute, institutor, interests, introducer, invent, inventor, journeyman, kid brother, lion, lords of creation, magnate, make, make love, maker, man of mark, manufacturer, master, master craftsman, minister, mogul, mother, motor, mover, multiply, nabob, name, nephew, niece, notability, notable, nuncle, nunks, nunky, occasion, old boy, old man, older, oldest, organizer, originate, originator, outbreed, pa, padre, panjandrum, pap, papa, pappy, parent, parish priest, parson, past master, pastor, pater, paterfamilias, patriarch, penitentiary, person of renown, personage, personality, pillar of society, planner, pop, pops, power, power elite, precursor, presbyter, priest, prime mover, primogenitor, primum mobile, procreate, produce, producer, progenerate, progenitor, proliferate, promoter, propagate, raiser, realize, realizer, reproduce in kind, ruling circle, sachem, second cousin, senior, set afloat, set on foot, set up, shaper, shepherd, sire, sis, sissy, sister, sister-german, sistern, sky pilot, smith, soil, somebody, something, son, spawn, spiritual director, spiritual father, stepbrother, stepfather, stepsister, supporter, the great, the old man, the top, top brass, top people, trace to, tycoon, unc, uncle, uncs, uterine brother, very important person, work, worthy, wright, Establishment, VIP, abba, abbe, affiliate to, agent, ancestor, ancestors, apprentice, architect, artificer, artist, aunt, auntie, author, baron, bear, beget, begetter, beginner, big gun, big man, big name, bigwig, birth, blood brother, brass, brass hat, breed, breed true, brethren, bring about, bring forth, bring to birth, bring to effect, bring to pass, brother, bub, bubba, bud, buddy, builder, cassock, catalyst, cause, causer, celebrity, chaplain, clergyman, conceive, conceiver, confessor, constructor, copulate, country cousin, cousin, cousin once removed, cousin twice removed, craftsman, create, creator, crossbreed, cure, dad, daddy, daughter, dean, derive from, designer, deviser, dignitary, dignity, discoverer, do, doyen, doyenne, effect, effector, effectuate, elder, eldest, encourager, engender, engenderer, engineer, establish, executor, executrix, father confessor, father in Christ, figure, filiate to, first cousin, first-born, firstling, forebear, forefather, foster brother.
From Middle English fader, from Old English fæder, from Proto-Germanic *fadēr (cf. East Frisian foar, Dutch vader, German Vater), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr (cf. Irish athair, Tocharian A pācar, B pācer, Lithuanian patinas 'male animal').
- (RP) enPR: fä'thə(r), IPA: /ˈfɑː.ðə(ɹ)/, SAMPA: /"fA:D@(r)/
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- Rhymes: -ɑːðə(r)
- (Australia) enPR: fä'thə, IPA: /ˈfaː.ðə/, SAMPA: /"fa:D@/
- (GenAm) enPR: fä'thər, IPA: /ˈfɑː.ðɚ/, SAMPA: /"fA:D@`/
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- Homophone: farther (in non-rhotic accents)
- Hyphenation: fa‧ther
- (a male parent): parent