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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
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  • auntie May looked at it all in quite a discontented fashion.

    The Chronicles of Rhoda Florence Tinsley Cox
  • "He only pointed it at me, auntie," Evadna corrected, ignorant of the Western phrase.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • auntie”—eyes and voice were pleading—“auntie, the—the things—this paper says—they never happened, did they?

  • auntie came all the way back from America to see whether I was happy here.

  • 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
  • His cot was in auntie Jan's room with a tall screen round it.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Ballure—auntie Nan—his father's death brightened by one hope—the last, but ah!

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • There was no fire in this wind-swept chamber of auntie Jan's.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
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
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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.
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