A father is a male parent. If he has children that are not his biological children (e.g. if the is the second husband of his wife, who remarried after her first husband died), he is called their stepfather.
A father might also be called less formally Dad or even Daddy; though the latter is considered a very childish way of speaking. Another possible word is Pa, which once was common with "frontier" families in America, and Papa.
- paternal (adjective) -characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly: a kind and paternal reprimand.
- Related forms
- paternally (adverb)
In Japanese based references, Otou-(san|sama), Otottsuan or Chichi refer to a father.
Fathers in spanking art
Fathers play an important role in child spanking art because in the traditional hierarchy they are the highest authority of the family. Due to the fact that the father is usually also the physically strongest of the parents, most children fear chastisement by the father more than the same given by the mother. See also the phrase, "Wait till your father gets home".