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auntie

or aunt·y

[an-tee, ahn-]
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noun
  1. Informal. aunt.

Origin of auntie

First recorded in 1785–95; aunt + -ie
Can be confusedante ante- anti- auntie
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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


British Dictionary definitions for auntie

auntie

aunty

noun plural -ies
  1. a familiar or diminutive word for aunt
  2. Australian informal, derogatory an older male homosexual

Auntie

noun
  1. British an informal name for the BBC
  2. Australian informal the Australian Broadcasting Association
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Word Origin and History for auntie

n.

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]
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