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[nuhng-kuh l] /ˈnʌŋ kəl/
noun, Chiefly British Dialect.
Origin of nuncle
1580-90; from the phrase mine uncle, taken as my nuncle; cf. newt Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the only examples we gathered were "stop," "please," and "nuncle."

    The Fortunate Isles

    Mary Stuart Boyd
  • Have a care, nuncle; if Sir Osmund catch thee, thou hadst as good bequeath thy bones to the Pope to make into saint's gear.

  • For you know, nuncle, the hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, that it had its head bit off by its young.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare James Edmund Harting
  • Weve got a nuncle and a naunt living near our new house, said Kezia.

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • This is a question has quelled many a jovial toper, but it moved not the purpose of Lambourne's soul, "Question my means, nuncle?"

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • I tell Titty Ann fer look at we nuncle, gwan bahckwud by sundown.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • I'd donned my best clothes and my nuncle had gien me a new sixpenny-bit for a fairin', an' I were to buy choose-what I liked.

    Tales of the Ridings F. W. Moorman
British Dictionary definitions for nuncle


an archaic or dialect word for uncle
Word Origin
C16: from division of mine uncle as my nuncle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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