One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person likened to the character Daddy Warbucks, especially in being a rich and philanthropic benefactor.
1940s; earliest use found in The Lowell Sun. From Daddy Warbucks, the nickname of Oliver Warbucks, a fictional character created by cartoonist Harold Gray for the newspaper comic strip Little Orphan Annie.
Daddy Warbucks/ˌdadi ˈwɔːbʌks/
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