I will find that 爸 (bà) is father if I look it up in a dictionary, but I've never heard anyone say that or 媽, only 爸爸 and 媽媽.

But can I still say just 爸?

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    Absolutely, in fact , only little child say 爸爸, otherwise you wannt to act like a spoiled child. – wolfrevo Mar 19 '17 at 11:10
  • Might vary by environment. I certainly don't call my father 爸爸, but I might refer to him (to others) as 我爸爸. (Only to people with whom I'm familiar, though. Otherwise, I employ the usual 父親.) – Brian Tung Mar 20 '17 at 21:27
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    Same as when you called your father "Dad" vs "Daddy" and your mother "Mom" vs "Mommy". "Daddy" and "Mommy" are similar to 爸爸 and 媽媽. – Alex Mar 21 '17 at 20:08

Yes, of course you can. For example,



Sure, there are many different ways to mean "father" in Chinese:

父亲:a formal and polite word, not usual for daily use

令尊:a very polite word to replace "your father"

家父: equals to “my father” when you are talking with someone else (more polite)

泰山 or 岳丈: a very polite way to call your wife's father,while "岳父" is more common

公公: your husband's father

爸爸 = 爸 = 老爹: just like "dad"



In my mind,I always say "爸爸" or "妈妈" when I was children.

But now ,I always say them "爸" or "妈“ .

Because,"爸爸" or "妈妈",It sounds very childish。




In Chinese, may things are repeated for emphasis, etc. For example, 转转弯弯 is the same thing as 转弯. This is another one of those types of things.


To be politer, you say 爸爸, although you can say 阿爸 with less formality and politeness, but 爸 is the worst. I get told off when I call my dad 爸. Hope this helps you.


actually,we use 爸爸 or 爸 as Dad.爸爸 and 爸,they are no difference.or you can say that 爸 is the abbreviation of 爸爸,the same as 妈 to 妈妈.but 爷 does not mean 爷爷,奶 does not mean 奶奶.usually,we translate father as 父亲,it is a very formal form of address.




I think 爸爸 more like daddy in English. And 爸 likes dad...

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