- uncle remus,
- uncle sam,
- uncle tom,
- uncle tom's cabin,
- uncle tomism
Origin of uncle
Examples from the Web for uncle
Same with my uncle and cousins when their planes landed from Vietnam.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall|Matt Gallagher|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The young Jordanian pilot comes from a well-known military family in the kingdom and his uncle is a retired major general.
It reminds me of an uncle of mine who said the London Blitz was irritating.
The uncle told RTL radio Hauchard called his grandmother, ostensibly from Syria, on Nov. 2, for her birthday.Showing the Faces of Its Murderers, ISIS Shows Its Global Reach|Tracy McNicoll|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“They were wonderful cooks and had beautiful daughters,” says my uncle.
What if Uncle Josiah had forgotten his engagement, and was 332 not home?Captain Pott's Minister|Francis L. Cooper
"You need not be afraid of that any more, Ronnie," his uncle told him calmly.The Kingdom of the Blind|E. Phillips Oppenheim
If my uncle Doncaster were such a man, I should certainly make up to him greatly!Modern Flirtations|Catherine Sinclair
I would have escaped my uncle, but he waylaid me in the dark at the foot of the stairs.Heralds of Empire|Agnes C. Laut
Now don't be foolish—stay here with Uncle George and the doctor until you cool down.Kennedy Square|F. Hopkinson Smith
Word Origin for uncle
late 13c., from Old French oncle, from Latin avunculus "mother's brother," literally "little grandfather," diminutive of avus "grandfather," from PIE root *awo- "grandfather, adult male relative other than one's father" (cf. Armenian hav "grandfather," Lithuanian avynas "maternal uncle," Old Church Slavonic uji "uncle," Welsh ewythr "uncle").
Replaced Old English eam (usually maternal; paternal uncle was fædera), which represents the Germanic form of the root (cf. Dutch oom, Old High German oheim "maternal uncle," German Ohm "uncle").
Also from French are German, Danish, Swedish onkel. First record of Dutch uncle (and his blunt, stern, benevolent advice) is from 1838; Welsh uncle (1747) was the first cousin of one's parent. To say uncle as a sign of submission in a fight is North American, attested from 1909, of uncertain signification.
see cry uncle; Dutch uncle.