[nuhng-kuh l]

noun Chiefly British Dialect.

Origin of nuncle

1580–90; from the phrase mine uncle, taken as my nuncle; cf. newt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nuncle

Historical Examples of nuncle

  • But the only examples we gathered were "stop," "please," and "nuncle."

    The Fortunate Isles

    Mary Stuart Boyd

  • Have a care, nuncle; if Sir Osmund catch thee, thou hadst as good bequeath thy bones to the Pope to make into saint's gear.

  • For you know, nuncle, the hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, that it had its head bit off by its young.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare

    James Edmund Harting

  • Weve got a nuncle and a naunt living near our new house, said Kezia.

    Bliss, and Other Stories

    Katherine Mansfield

  • This is a question has quelled many a jovial toper, but it moved not the purpose of Lambourne's soul, "Question my means, nuncle?"


    Sir Walter Scott

British Dictionary definitions for nuncle



an archaic or dialect word for uncle

Word Origin for nuncle

C16: from division of mine uncle as my nuncle
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