noun Sometimes Offensive.
Origin of Dutch uncle
usage note for Dutch uncle
British Dictionary definitions for dutch uncle
Idioms and Phrases with dutch uncle
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]