(plural baby daddies)
- (slang, US) Father of child in common, particularly unmarried.
As with baby mama, contentious usage – sometimes used neutrally as a casual term, regardless of marriage status, particularly in the tabloid press, or as a term of endearment, as in Obama quote above. Often considered pejorative, particularly if applied to unmarried black parents – if used by one parent of the other, can imply “child in common but no meaningful relationship”, while if used by outsiders, can imply disapproval of children born out of wedlock; see “baby mama” citations. More formal variants include “baby’s daddy” and “baby’s father”; in formal usage “father of one’s child” is preferred.
- baby mama
African American Vernacular English (General American would be baby's daddy) 1990s, popularized 2000s; compare baby mama. Possibly from or influenced by same term in Jamaican English, from Jamaican Creole baby-father, alternatively due simply to grammatical similarities between AAVE and Jamaican Creole.