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or aunty

[an-tee, ahn-] /ˈæn ti, ˈɑn-/
Informal. aunt.
Origin of auntie
First recorded in 1785-95; aunt + -ie
Can be confused
ante, ante-, anti-, auntie. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • auntie, dear, the trip has made me more restless and dissatisfied than ever.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "He only pointed it at me, auntie," Evadna corrected, ignorant of the Western phrase.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • auntie came all the way back from America to see whether I was happy here.

  • Oh, say it's 'most bedtime, auntie, then I won't have to get up at all!

    Gloria and Treeless Street Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • His cot was in auntie Jan's room with a tall screen round it.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • There was no fire in this wind-swept chamber of auntie Jan's.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • auntie Jan slammed down the window at the bottom, and then more fairness!

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • auntie has gone up to your little place at the present moment.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for auntie


noun (pl) -ies
a familiar or diminutive word for aunt
(Austral, informal, derogatory) an older male homosexual


(Brit) an informal name for the BBC
(Austral, informal) the Australian Broadcasting Association
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for auntie

1787, also aunty, familiar diminutive form of aunt. As a form of kindly address to an older woman to whom one is not related, originally in southern U.S., of elderly slave women.

The negro no longer submits with grace to be called "uncle" or "auntie" as of yore. ["Harper's Magazine," October 1883]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for auntie

auntie 1


Any elderly, esp black, woman (1800s+)

auntie 2


An antimissile missile

[Air Force; fr humorous mispronunciation of anti]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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