One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
in combination (in units of measurement) deca-.
Nonstandard spelling of the, used in representing speech.
- ‘You are da best!’
- ‘So I'm askin' you a question, why you write dat stuff about da girls?’
- ‘The lyrics tell all your usual stories of life on da street.’
- ‘I'm wit you bro…fight da man!’
One's father.‘I learned the songs from my da’
- ‘The boy played some tricks on his da just to be getting attention.’
- ‘For at least a week in the middle of the summer and maybe even two if the weather was good, my da would drop my brother and myself off at the farm.’
- ‘I remember the days when we got a bike with wheels that fell off after five minutes and your da tells you that Santa must've had a bad elf working for him.’
- ‘He makes a few bob singing in the pub, accompanied by his da on the fiddle.’
- ‘They just wrecked the place, taking £300 and stealing my da's watch and two rings belonging to my wife's mother, breaking both our hearts.’
- ‘Perhaps she'll turn out like her Ma, and be a comfort to her Da.’
- ‘You know your Da is real proud of you.’
- ‘She is considerably more energetic with the camera than her da.’
- ‘Funny enough, the time I met his Da he didn't take a cup of tea.’
- ‘If my da can't find a parking spot he always blames it on me or my brother.’
Mid 19th century: abbreviation of dada.
1US District attorney.
2informal Duck's ass (a man's hairstyle of the 1950s).
3Doctor of Arts.
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