Origin of uncle
Related formsun·cle·less, adjectiveun·cle·ship, noun
British Dictionary definitions for cry uncle
Related formsRelated adjective: avuncular
Word Origin for uncle
Culture definitions for cry uncle
say (cry) uncle
To admit defeat, to surrender: “Wilbur held his little brother in a headlock until he had to cry uncle.”
Idioms and Phrases with cry uncle (1 of 2)
Also, say uncle. Concede defeat, as in The Serbs want the Bosnians to cry uncle, or If you say uncle right now, I'll let you go first in the next game. This phrase originated about 1900 as an imperative among school-children who would say, “Cry uncle when you've had enough (of a beating).” By the mid-1900s it was being used figuratively, as in the examples.
Idioms and Phrases with cry uncle (2 of 2)
see cry uncle; Dutch uncle.