1Kind and friendly towards a younger or less experienced person: he was avuncular, reassuring, and trustworthy
More example sentences
- The playwright, who at 48 is 15 years Lane's senior, has an avuncular attitude towards the actor, who in turn looks at him with obvious respect.
- His friendly avuncular bearded figure was recognised throughout the town.
- Since he had put the point in a friendly, avuncular way, I asked him about something that had long puzzled me.
mid 19th century: from Latin avunculus 'maternal uncle', diminutive of avus 'grandfather'.
Definition of avuncular in:
- The US English dictionary