auntie

or aunt·y

[ an-tee, ahn- ]
/ ˈæn ti, ˈɑn- /
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noun

Informal. aunt.

Origin of auntie

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

Definition for aunties (2 of 2)

aunty

[ an-tee, ahn- ]
/ ˈæn ti, ˈɑn- /

noun, plural aunt·ies.

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British Dictionary definitions for aunties (1 of 3)

auntie

aunty

/ (ˈɑːntɪ) /

noun plural -ies

a familiar or diminutive word for aunt
Australian informal, derogatory an older male homosexual

British Dictionary definitions for aunties (2 of 3)

Auntie

/ (ˈɑːntɪ) /

noun

British an informal name for the BBC
Australian informal the Australian Broadcasting Association

British Dictionary definitions for aunties (3 of 3)

Aunty

/ (ˈɑːntɪ) /

noun

Australian an informal name for ABC 2 (def. 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]
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