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or aunty

[an-tee, ahn-] /ˈæn ti, ˈɑn-/
Informal. aunt.
Origin of auntie
1785-95; aunt + -ie
Can be confused
ante, ante-, anti-, auntie. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • auntie May looked at it all in quite a discontented fashion.

    The Chronicles of Rhoda Florence Tinsley Cox
  • And so she did, auntie, but I told her to; and wasn't I such a coward for laying it off on little Prudy?

    Little Prudy Sophie May
  • auntie”—eyes and voice were pleading—“auntie, the—the things—this paper says—they never happened, did they?

  • I don't want anybody but just you, now that auntie Dora is away.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Dear Aunt Ellen and auntie helped with the nursing, and father even stayed home some days to help!

    A Portrait of Old George Town Grace Dunlop Ecker
  • "I think she may come down just for half an hour, auntie," said Hilda, smiling.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • Ballure—auntie Nan—his father's death brightened by one hope—the last, but ah!

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • "So you've begun already," said auntie, laughing, but relieved.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
British Dictionary definitions for auntie


noun (pl) -ies
a familiar or diminutive word for aunt
(Austral, informal, derogatory) an older male homosexual


(Brit) an informal name for the BBC
(Austral, informal) the Australian Broadcasting Association
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for auntie

1787, also aunty, familiar diminutive form of aunt. As a form of kindly address to an older woman to whom one is not related, originally in southern U.S., of elderly slave women.

The negro no longer submits with grace to be called "uncle" or "auntie" as of yore. ["Harper's Magazine," October 1883]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for auntie

auntie 1


Any elderly, esp black, woman (1800s+)

auntie 2


An antimissile missile

[Air Force; fr humorous mispronunciation of anti]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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