avuncular

[ uh-vuhng-kyuh-ler ]
/ əˈvʌŋ kyə lər /

adjective

of or relating to an uncle: He spoke of his sister's son with avuncular pride.
acting like an uncle, as in being kind, patient, generous, etc., especially to younger people: the avuncular, slightly condescending boss of a toy company.

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Origin of avuncular

First recorded in 1825–35; from Latin avuncul(us) “a mother's brother,” equivalent to av(us) “a forefather” + unattested -ont- + unattested -l(os) diminutive suffix (cf. uncle) + -ar1

OTHER WORDS FROM avuncular

a·vun·cu·lar·i·ty [uh-vuhng-kyuh-lar-i-tee] /əˌvʌŋ kyəˈlær ɪ ti/ nouna·vun·cu·lar·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for avuncular

avuncular
/ (əˈvʌŋkjʊlə) /

adjective

of or concerned with an uncle
resembling an uncle; friendly; helpful

Word Origin for avuncular

C19: from Latin avunculus (maternal) uncle, diminutive of avus grandfather
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