15+ Slang Words For Father (And How To Use Them)

A father is certainly a big enigma. He may be this big, stern, and hard figure that prioritizes discipline or he may also be a goofball that laughs stupidly at weird or awkward pranks.

Here is a list of slang that you may use to call them more affectionately or refer to them humorously.

Slang Words for Father (in Alphabetical Order)

Baby Daddy

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The male counterpart of “baby mama.” It is used for a father who is not in an intimate relationship with the mother of the child. This is an urban slang often used by the mother herself.
  • Example: My baby daddy has to take the kids to the dentist because I’ve got a work appointment. 

Dad Bod

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This body is often associated with middle-aged fathers. A dad bod is comprised of a huge beer belly but with a somewhat muscular chest and arms.
  • Example: After retiring, Kobe Bryant gained a dad bod in just a year.  

Dada

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A cutesy way of saying “daddy” or “father.” It is often used by babies that can’t speak well yet. 
  • Example: Dada will bring you your toys if you do not misbehave. 

Daddyctator

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A combination of daddy and dictator. This is used for a strict, severe, and scary father.
  • Example: She was forced to do well in her studies by her daddyctator.

Daddy-o

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A slang term by hipsters and teens during the 1950s. It was used to address their dads or older people.
  • Example: Hey, Daddy-o! Can I borrow the car to go run some errands?

Him Indoors

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The Cockney Rhyming slang for father or husband.
  • Example: He is my him indoors. He looks weird but he is very sweet. 

Old Man

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Slang for someone’s father. It is a somewhat affectionate term for father in the US.
  • Example: My old man would slap me if I get caught skipping school. 

Opa

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This slang comes from the German language. It is used for one’s grandfather. 
  • Example: Opa likes old western movies with Clint Eastwood. He likes all the gunslinging and horse riding. 

Papi

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Borrowed from Spanish, this slang is used in the US for your father or lover, depending on the context. 
  • Example: Papi! Bring some KFC because mom wanted some.

Papa

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A dated slang for your father in the Northern American regions. Comes from the Latin language.  
  • Example: Your papa would be so proud if he were here today. 

Pops

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A more affectionate and casual slang that is used to refer to one’s father.
  • Example: My pops always wanted to have a house near a river.  

Pot And Pan

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A rhyming slang in the UK and Australia for your “old man.”
  • Example: Joe’s pot and pan is a big goofball. He likes pranking his kids. 

Stage Dad

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The male counterpart of a stage mom. This is a father that strictly manages the life and career of their child performer or celebrity. This type of behavior is usually for their own selfish reasons.  
  • Example: Britney Spears had a stage dad that wanted to take all of her hard-earned money. 

Stepdude

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Possibly derogatory slang for your stepfather. You can use it affectionately but it can also be used if you do not see that stepfather as a parental figure.
  • Example: My stepdude has this vintage Lambo. He doesn’t really want me near it because it’s so expensive. 

Sunday Dad

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A father that only sees their kids once a week, usually Sunday, by their own choice. 
  • Example: I wish my father would spend some more time with me. He is just a Sunday Dad.

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