Definition of avuncular in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈvʌŋkjʊlə


  • 1Kind and friendly towards a younger or less experienced person: he was avuncular, reassuring, and trustworthy
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    • 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.
  • 2 Anthropology Relating to the relationship between men and the children of their siblings.


mid 19th century: from Latin avunculus 'maternal uncle', diminutive of avus 'grandfather'.

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