Big daddy



a man regarded as the paternalistic head of a family.
the founder or a leading member of a company, organization, movement, etc.:
the big daddy of soil conservation.
the federal government:
to thank big daddy for the tax cut.
Chiefly Southern U.S. grandfather.
Contemporary Examples

Obama’s Not Your Daddy Tina Brown June 13, 2010
Big Daddy Kane: The Hip-Hop MC on Las Supper, Madonna, Jay-Z, and What’s Next Curtis Stephen April 15, 2013
Big Daddy Kane: The Hip-Hop MC on Las Supper, Madonna, Jay-Z, and What’s Next Curtis Stephen April 15, 2013
Obama’s Not Your Daddy Tina Brown June 13, 2010
The 13 Coolest Movie Dads: ‘Taken,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Die Hard,’ and More Marlow Stern June 14, 2014
Violence in ‘Kick-Ass 2’: the Comic Book vs. the Movie Victoria Kezra August 18, 2013
Sarah Palin’s ‘Mama Grizzlies’ Mark McKinnon May 25, 2010
March Madness: Which Celebrity Alumni Will Win? Michael Solomon March 16, 2011

Historical Examples

Herein is Love Reuel L. Howe
Herein is Love Reuel L. Howe

You there; man; big boy, mac •Term of address used to any man, usually with a view to flattering him (1940s+)
daddy (1920s+ Jazz musicians)
daddy-o (1940s+ Jazz musicians)

An influential man, a big shot (see under big cheese), as in You’ll have to get permission from big daddy. [ ; mid-1900s ]
A male sweetheart or friend, often a man considerably older than his female companion; a sugar daddy [ ; mid-1900s ]
Grandfather. This usage originated in the South among African-Americans.
The largest or most important person or thing of its kind. For example, The United States has long been the big daddy of the Western Hemisphere, or The blue whale was the big daddy of the ocean. [ ; 1960s ]

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