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See also: papi, PAPI, pápi, pāpi, pāpī, and p'api



Papa +‎ -i

Compare French papi.


  • IPA(key): /ˈpapi/
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Papi m (strong, genitive Papis, plural Papis)

  1. (usually childish) daddy

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word is commonly used with a definite article in most parts of central Germany, southern Germany, and Austria: Wo ist der Papi? – "Where is Daddy?" In northern Germany—and generally in writing—no article tends to be used: Wo ist Papi?
  • The genitive Papis is used before the modified term, without any article or determiner: Papis Tasche – “Daddy’s bag”. This is chiefly northern German usage; the rest of the language prefers: die Tasche vom Papi (as above). — The genitive can also be used with an accompanying article or determiner: die Tasche meines Papis – “my dad’s bag”. This, however, is not common usage in any region; children will say instead: die Tasche von meinem Papi.


Further reading[edit]

  • Papi” in Duden online
  • Papi” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache


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Proper noun[edit]

Papi m or f by sense

  1. a surname

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