aunty

[an-tee, ahn-]

auntie

or aunt·y

[an-tee, ahn-]
noun
  1. Informal. aunt.

Origin of auntie

First recorded in 1785–95; aunt + -ie
Can be confusedante ante- anti- auntie
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British Dictionary definitions for aunty

Aunty

noun
  1. Australian an informal name for ABC 2 (def. 2)

auntie

aunty

noun plural -ies
  1. a familiar or diminutive word for aunt
  2. Australian informal, derogatory an older male homosexual

Auntie

noun
  1. British an informal name for the BBC
  2. Australian informal the Australian Broadcasting Association
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Word Origin and History for aunty

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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