or aunt·y

[an-tee, ahn-]


Informal. aunt.

Origin of auntie

First recorded in 1785–95; aunt + -ie
Can be confusedante ante- anti- auntie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for auntie

Contemporary Examples of auntie

Historical Examples of auntie

  • 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



noun plural -ies

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
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Word Origin and History for auntie

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