avuncular

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

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of an uncle: avuncular affection.

Nearby words

  1. avruga,
  2. avulse,
  3. avulsed wound,
  4. avulsion,
  5. avulsion fracture,
  6. avunculate,
  7. aw,
  8. aw-shucks,
  9. awa,
  10. awa'

Origin of avuncular

1825–35; < Latin avuncul(us) a mother's brother, equivalent to av(us) a forefather + *-ont- + *-l(os) diminutive suffix (cf. uncle) + -ar1

Related formsa·vun·cu·lar·i·ty, nouna·vun·cu·lar·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for avuncularity

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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Word Origin and History for avuncularity

avuncular

adj.

1789, from Latin avunculus "maternal uncle," diminutive of avus (see uncle) + -ar. Used humorously for "of a pawnbroker" (uncle was slang for "pawnbroker" from c.1600 through 19c.).

My only good suit is at present under the avuncular protection. ["Fraser's Magazine," 1832]
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