Dad bod

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Dad bod is a new word that entered the lexicon in 2015, and its origin is traced to a particular writer. Dad bod is a compound word, which is a word derived from two separate words used together. New compound words usually consist of two, separate words, and are called open compound words. Midway through their evolution, compound words may acquire hyphens between the two words. When a compound becomes a closed compound word, which consists of two words joined without any hyphen or space, it has usually been in use for a long time. The advent of the internet has sped up the process of becoming a closed compound word. We will examine the definition of the term dad bod, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

A dad bod is a male body that would traditionally be associated with a man who is the age of a youngish father and who has too many responsibilities to spend time and money on attaining the physique of a sculpted body by working out in a gym or to worry about losing weight. The term dad bod describes a male body that is only slightly toned or has a slight muscle mass, though is not muscular, and does not have washboard abs, also known as a six pack or pronounced abdominal muscles. Someone with a dad bod may be skinny with a slight beer gut, or may have a bit more flab and belly and body fat around the midsection. Christ Pratt in his role on the television show Parks and Rec and Seth Rogen are examples of men with a dad bod. Many women find the male body known as a dad bod attractive, believing that a man who does not worry constantly about whether he will gain weight or is overweight to be more genuine. The term dad bod seems to have been coined by  Mackenzie Pearson, who wrote an article in 2015 for her university newspaper, the Clemson Odyssey, titled Why Girls Love the Dad Bod. This university student maintained that ectomorphic boys with dad bods were more likely to cuddle than a bodybuilder consumed with workout routines at the gym. The word dad has long been used to describe something that is not quite cool, including dad rock, dad jeans and dad joke. Dad bod is coined from the word dad, which is an affectionate term for a father, and bod, an abbreviation of the word body. While the Oxford English Dictionary lists the term as two separate words, dad bod, the expression is sometimes seen rendered with a hyphen as in dad-bod, as one word, as in dadbod.


Dad Bod Fest is looking for the best dad bods in Melbourne and Brisbane with prizes including a keg party, a burger feast and gym training for those who’d like to tone up their dad bod. (The Daily Mail)

The new Top Gear host, who has transformed his dad bod into a hot bod , has posted several mirror selfies of him lifting weights on the machines they have set up. (The Mirror)

I certainly would never boast about having a Dad Bod, and this is definitely neither a confession nor a revelation for anyone who knows me … or for the complete strangers unlucky enough to see me shirtless at the beach. (The Courier Tribune)

What I want to see is a think piece on Love Island in which the columnist simply admits, “I hate Love Island because it reminds me I have a dad bod.” (The Guardian)

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