Synonyms of father in English:

father


See definition of father

noun

1‘he went home to see his mother and father’

SYNONYMS

male parent, begetter, patriarch, paterfamilias

biological father, birth father

adoptive father, foster father, stepfather

informal dad, daddy, pop, poppa, pa, old boy, old man

British dated, informal pater

ANTONYMS

child

2usually fathers‘let me be free to follow the religion of my fathers’

SYNONYMS

ancestor, forefather, forebear, progenitor, predecessor, antecedent, forerunner, precursor

rare primogenitor

ANTONYMS

descendant

3‘he was the father of democracy’

SYNONYMS

originator, initiator, founder, founding father, inventor, creator, maker, author, prime mover, instigator, architect, engineer, designer, deviser, planner, contriver, mastermind

literary begetter

4‘the city fathers’

SYNONYMS

leader, elder, senior figure, patriarch, senator, guiding light, official

5Father‘our heavenly Father’

SYNONYMS

God, Lord, Lord God, Deity

humorous Him upstairs, the man upstairs

6usually Father‘the Father joined the other priests’

SYNONYMS

priest, pastor, parson, clergyman, father confessor, churchman, man of the cloth, man of God, cleric, minister, preacher

abbé, curé

informal reverend, padre


verb

1‘he fathered six children’

SYNONYMS

be the father of, sire, engender, generate, bring into being, bring into the world, give life to, spawn

procreate, reproduce, breed

literary beget

2‘he fathered a strand of applied economics’

SYNONYMS

establish, institute, originate, initiate, put in place, invent, found, create, generate, conceive