- 1The brother of one’s father or mother or the husband of one’s aunt.More example sentences
- Along with the children of the dead, there were the mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts, husbands and wives; except that in one case, there was neither husband nor wife.
- She is mourned and sadly missed by her loving husband, children, mother, uncles, aunts, cousins, and all her relatives and friends.
- There are fathers, brothers and uncles and husbands and wives working for the company.
- 1.1 • informal An unrelated older male friend, especially of a child.More example sentences
- My dad's best man was his closest friend, Rocky, who was basically an uncle to me.
- We became uncles to the little boy and warm friends with the parents.
- He is more like your friendly neighbourhood uncle with a passion for sports.
- 1.2 • archaic • informal A pawnbroker.More example sentences
- The English term of ‘my uncle’ as a euphemism for the pawnbroker dates back to the middle of the seventeenth century.
cry (or say) uncle
- North American • informal Surrender or admit defeat.More example sentences
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all the bad guys are either dead or cry uncle.
- Plenty of people thought we should have just let the Confederate states go their own way in 1861 - but even they knew that if we beat General Lee on the field and occupied enough of the South, that the CSA would cry uncle and quit.
- I will hound that poor excuse of a human being until he yells uncle or stops posting vapid, unproven horse nonsense that all of you seem to believe.
Middle English: from Old French oncle, from late Latin aunculus, alteration of Latin avunculus 'maternal uncle' (see avuncular).
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