of, relating to, or characteristic of an uncle:
At precisely 11:00, NRA president David Keene plodded slowly to the podium, bespectacled, white haired, and avuncular.
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FDR gives an avuncular grin around his famous cigarette holder to Andrew Jackson.
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From Cairo, Ashraf Khalil reports on the clash between an aggressive Amr Moussa and avuncular Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh.
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He was tall, but slight and avuncular, like a friendly neighbor.
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“You paid good money for this,” says the Vacuum Cleaner Guy (brilliantly played by an avuncular but ruthless Robert Forster).
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Let us whisper it: Did he inherit the avuncular tendency to obesity?
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 31. October, 1873. Various
My secretary had been elevated to avuncular rank after a probation of just three hours.
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The time would soon come when the avuncular character would be more difficult to support than that of a rejected absentee.
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I do not wish to speak of Jennie in a fatherly or avuncular manner.
The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
It being time for all good little children to be in bed and asleep, Arthur was both at the moment of the avuncular visit.
The Comic History Of England Gilbert Abbott A’Beckett
of or concerned with an uncle
resembling an uncle; friendly; helpful
1789, from Latin avunculus “maternal uncle,” diminutive of avus (see uncle) + -ar. Used humorously for “of a pawnbroker” (uncle was slang for “pawnbroker” from c.1600 through 19c.).
My only good suit is at present under the avuncular protection. [“Fraser’s Magazine,” 1832]
a close social relationship between a maternal uncle and his nephew. noun the custom in some societies of assigning rights and duties to a maternal uncle concerning his sister’s son adjective of, relating to, or governed by this custom
August (William) 1909–71, U.S. novelist, poet, and short-story writer. Historical Examples I am glad to see Derleth in our pages, and this Wooley person certainly did a very nice job with her story. The Fantasy Fan February 1934 Various I was interested in his closing sentence in the second issue, and also in Mr. Derleth’s. […]
Allen Welsh, 1893–1969, U.S. public official: CIA director 1953–61. John Foster, 1888–1959, U.S. statesman: secretary of state 1953–59. Contemporary Examples On August 31, 2001, Lowe was on American Airlines Flight 77 from D.C. out of Dulles International. Rob Lowe’s Memoir Revealed Marlow Stern April 24, 2011 Dulles, who made Tibet policy as much as anyone […]
Also, Waldstein. Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von [ahl-brekht ven-tsuh l oi-zey-bee-oo s fuh n] /ˈɑl brɛxt ˈvɛn tsəl ɔɪˈzeɪ biˌʊs fən/ (Show IPA), Duke of Friedland [freed-land,, -luh nd;; German freet-lahnt] /ˈfridˌlænd,, -lənd;; German ˈfritˌlɑnt/ (Show IPA), 1583–1634, Austrian general in the Thirty Years’ War, born in Bohemia. Alfred, 1898–1983, U.S. cellist and conductor. Historical Examples […]