[ fah-th er ]SEE DEFINITION OF fathered
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It has already been explained that this Pamphlet was fathered on Khalid by the Jesuits.

The latest phases of all philosophies were fathered upon the founder of the school.

If this turpitude were published, it would be said that he had fathered it.

And the lad, Nazu, had appealed to him; he would have fathered him as only a lonely bachelor can.

It was a reputable sort of a book this, and fathered by a respected Oxford cleric.

What fearless and resolute leopard-men they could have fathered!

Heretofore our own missionary boards have fathered every such attempt.

This amendment has been fathered throughout by publishers, associations, and rings.

The human race, fathered only by house-husbands, would never have moved at all.

He fathered them all as they came, "and no questions asked."


Old English fæder "father, male ancestor," from Proto-Germanic *fader (cf. Old Saxon fadar, Old Frisian feder, Dutch vader, Old Norse faðir, Old High German fater, German vater), from PIE *pəter (cf. Sanskrit pitar-, Greek pater, Latin pater, Old Persian pita, Old Irish athir "father"), presumably from baby-speak sound like pa.

The classic example of Grimm's Law, where PIE "p-" becomes Germanic "f-." Spelling with -th- (15c.) reflects widespread phonetic shift in Middle English that turned -der to -ther in many words; spelling caught up to pronunciation in 1500s (cf. burden, murder).