Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dad n.2

[mid-20C+ use mainly teen; thus UK jazz-orientated film of 1960s, It’s Trad, Dad]

a term of address by one man to another, esp. when slightly older.

[[UK]T. Brown Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 138: How now, old Dad, whither are you carrying that king of the Gypsies].
[[UK]Hist. of Jack Horner 10: What’s your request I’ll not deny, And so old dad, farewell] .
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Old Dad a familiar address to an Old Man.
Milan Exchange (TN) 28 May 1/5: But ‘dad’ was screaming, ‘whoa-hish! whoa-hish! trying to stop the oxen.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Penny Numbers’ Sporting Times 11 July 1/3: Don’t be a naughty boy, dad, / For your words are their own contradiction.
[US]Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 14 Sept. 13/5: Half a dozen men [...] called a cheery ‘goodby, Dad’’.
[UK]Eve. Teleg. 21 Dec. 2/4: Don’t weep, dad, it’s the price we pay for progress.
[US]W. Edge Main Stem 23: ‘They ain’t no crums in here now. Hope youse guys ain’t got ‘em.’ ‘We’re all right, dad.’.
[UK]M. Marshall Tramp-Royal on the Toby 187: If you are very old or very young the policeman soon shifts you. ‘Come, dad,’ he says to the aged derelict.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Judgement Day in Studs Lonigan (1936) 832: ‘Dad, you better grab a cab and go home,’ the lad in working clothes said.
[US]R. Chandler ‘Goldfish’ in Red Wind (1946) 187: All right, Dad.
[UK]J. Curtis They Drive by Night 252: Come on, Dad. Want all the street? Think you’ve bought the bleeding road or something?
[US]R. Chandler High Window 90: ‘Must take a good man to run them fast babies.’ ‘Don’t kid yourself, dad.’.
[UK]Herbert Brush 5 Apr. diary in Garfield Our Hidden Lives (2004) 201: I must look very old when I go with my bucket and tools to the plot: several times I have been spoken to as ‘Dad’.
[UK]C. Harris Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 169: You fight back, dad!
[US]N. Algren Walk on the Wild Side 271: Shouldn’t have turned rabbit on us, dad.
[UK]F. Norman in Encounter n.d. in Norman’s London (1969) 63: She’s a real gone, dad; and she’s never coming back. She thinks I’m a real sad square, ’cause I ain’t got the habit yet.
[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 24: Cool it dad! We’re McKenzie’s exclusive agents.
Delano Stagg Glory Jumpers (1976) 27: About this chow scene, dad.
[US]F. Salas Tattoo the Wicked Cross (1981) 35: Buckshot’s my name, dad. Yours?
[US]B. Malamud Tenants (1972) 65: Oh, come on, dad, who you telling that to?
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 28: I know what you mean. What you’re saying, dad, it’s a fucking nuisance, right?
[UK]‘Derek Raymond’ He Died with His Eyes Open 61: You want to shoot up, dad?
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 161: ‘Okay, Dad,’ he says, laughing, trying to jolly-up his pals, who are still rigid with fear.