- noun a wealthy older protector and lover of a young woman. Judith S. Neaman and Carole G. Silver, in their Dictionary of Euphemisms (1983), date this expression to the 1920s and derive it from the American rhyming slang phrase ‘sugar and honey’: money. While this is possible, sugar had been a term of endearment or a metaphor for affection or luxury for many years before.
Idiom of “sugar daddy”
rich male benefactor, often a lover