• synonyms


or aunt·y

[an-tee, ahn-]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
  1. Informal. aunt.

Origin of auntie

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


[an-tee, ahn-]
noun, plural aunt·ies.
  1. auntie.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for aunties

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • They also said something about the darling coming to see his aunties.

    The Yates Pride

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • What was I to do after everything was settled and the aunties provided for?

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Whereupon the aunties took up their parable with, 'Well, well!

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • He had fainted again, and it is extraordinary how helpless the aunties are in a case of illness.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Uncle Charlie was there, and the aunties, sitting around, reading.

    Emmy Lou

    George Madden Martin

British Dictionary definitions for aunties



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


  1. British an informal name for the BBC
  2. Australian informal the Australian Broadcasting Association


  1. Australian an informal name for ABC 2 (def. 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for aunties



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