auntie

[an-tee, ahn-]
noun
Informal. aunt.
Also, aunty.


Origin:
1785–95; aunt + -ie

ante, ante-, anti-, auntie.
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auntie or aunty (ˈɑːntɪ)
 
n , pl -ies
1.  a familiar or diminutive word for aunt
2.  informal, derogatory (Austral) an older male homosexual
 
aunty or aunty
 
n

Auntie (ˈɑːntɪ)
 
n
1.  (Brit) an informal name for the BBC
2.  informal (Austral) the Australian Broadcasting Association

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auntie
1792, also aunty, familiar dim. form of aunt (q.v.). As a form of kindly address to an older woman to whom one is not related, attested from 1835, 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]
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Example sentences
The turning point in my life was when a well-meaning auntie, visiting our house, brought us presents.
Planer boards have certainly upped the auntie in the game of jockeying for position for the best trolling course.
She had her auntie to watch her, lots of new toys to play with, and staff who fussed over her.
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