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auntie

or aunty

[an-tee, ahn-] /ˈæn ti, ˈɑn-/
noun
1.
Informal. aunt.
Origin of auntie
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95; aunt + -ie
Can be confused
ante, ante-, anti-, auntie.

aunty

[an-tee, ahn-] /ˈæn ti, ˈɑn-/
noun, plural aunties.
1.
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Examples from the Web for aunties
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  • They also said something about the darling coming to see his aunties.

    The Yates Pride Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Whereupon the aunties took up their parable with, 'Well, well!

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • What was I to do after everything was settled and the aunties provided for?

    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
  • That time the aunties did actually scold me, or pretty nearly that.

    The Master of Warlock George Cary Eggleston
  • Rather eccentric in June—aunties hair will stand on end when she sees.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
British Dictionary definitions for aunties

auntie

/ˈɑːntɪ/
noun (pl) -ies
1.
a familiar or diminutive word for aunt
2.
(Austral, informal, derogatory) an older male homosexual

Auntie

/ˈɑːntɪ/
noun
1.
(Brit) an informal name for the BBC
2.
(Austral, informal) the Australian Broadcasting Association

Aunty

/ˈɑːntɪ/
noun
1.
(Austral) an informal name for ABC2 (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for aunties

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]

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

auntie 1

noun

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

auntie 2

noun

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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