- Informal. aunt.
Origin of auntie
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Examples from the Web for aunties
These aunties see themselves as the “good girls,” and they assert their authority to keep the “bad girls” in check.
Girls often call these older women in their community their "aunties."
Gilliam said Armstrong often said she was "tired of being a burden on my aunties and uncles."Why I Almost Killed Myself—And My Children
April 16, 2011
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?
Whereupon the aunties took up their parable with, 'Well, well!
He had fainted again, and it is extraordinary how helpless the aunties are in a case of illness.
Uncle Charlie was there, and the aunties, sitting around, reading.Emmy Lou
George Madden Martin
- a familiar or diminutive word for aunt
- Australian informal, derogatory an older male homosexual
- British an informal name for the BBC
- Australian informal the Australian Broadcasting Association
- Australian an informal name for ABC 2 (def. 2)
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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]
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