Share this entry

Share this page

father figure

Line breaks: father fig¦ure

Definition of father figure in English:

noun

An older man who is respected for his paternal qualities and may be an emotional substitute for a father: his life was anchored by the rock-like presence of a reassuring father figure
More example sentences
  • If you do not have a father, a common substitute is a father figure or even your brother would make a very nice gesture.
  • The instructor had been an older man and someone that Carl had seen as a father figure, a substitute to fill part of a missing piece of his life.
  • Personally I didn't respect him as a father figure, but lots of kids did.

Definition of father figure in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something