- a person who criticizes or reproves with unsparing severity and frankness.
Origin of Dutch uncle
Related Words for dutch unclemonitor
- informal a person who criticizes or reproves frankly and severely
A stern, candid critic or adviser, as in When I got in trouble with the teacher again, the principal talked to me like a Dutch uncle. This expression, often put as talk to one like a Dutch uncle, presumably alludes to the sternness and sobriety attributed to the Dutch. [Early 1800s]