Definitions starting with P

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papa, pappy; poppa, poppy

 [OED papa term of address for father; US dial. idem ADD] n. 1. a term of address to one's grandfather: 1966 (Otterbein 125). We say pop to our father, poppy to our grandfather (Eleu.). Daddy to the father, poppa to the grandfather (White). (Gen.)

2. a respectful term of address to an unrelated, older male: 1963 Among Crooked Islanders the title "Papa" is one of both deference and friend-ship (Cottman). (Black)

Tags: noun, term of address

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Last update: 2010-11-17 21:15
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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