from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Father; papa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Father, papa.
  • n. A short form of grandpa, grandfather.
  • n. A Maori fort.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shortened form of papa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An abbreviation of Pennsylvania.
  • n. A more childish form of papa.
  • n. A Scotch form of pall.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. by the year; every year (usually with reference to a sum of money paid or received)
  • n. an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas
  • n. a short-lived radioactive metallic element formed from uranium and disintegrating into actinium and then into lead
  • n. a unit of pressure equal to one newton per square meter
  • n. an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas
  • n. an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
  • n. a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies


Short for papa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened from papa. (Wiktionary)



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  • Figured prominently in that well-known campaign attack ditty from the presidential election of 1884:

    Ma, ma,
    where's my pa?
    Off to the White House,
    ha, ha, ha!

    Despite allegations that he fathered an illegitimate child, Grover Cleveland won the election.

    September 10, 2008

  • In filming, another name for a runner.

    August 7, 2008

  • Pa. Chemical element symbol for Protactinium.

    December 16, 2007

  • Here we use it as an acronym for production associate. I understand in the film industry there are also production assistants.

    October 10, 2007

  • Old-timey for father. Also, an acronym for public address, passive-aggressive, physician's assistant, and the postal abbreviation for Pennsylvania.

    October 10, 2007