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aunty

[an-tee, ahn-] /ˈæn ti, ˈɑn-/
noun, plural aunties.
1.

auntie

or aunty

[an-tee, ahn-] /ˈæn ti, ˈɑn-/
noun
1.
Informal. aunt.
Origin of auntie
1785-1795
1785-95; aunt + -ie
Can be confused
ante, ante-, anti-, auntie.
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  • aunty Nan was lying with her eyes fixed on the pale pink climbing roses that nodded about the window.

    Chronicles of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • "I'd never have found you, aunty, if it hadn't been for this grave," she said happily.

  • My passengers said, "aunty, mayn't we have a swim in the surf along the shore?"

  • What has become of aunty Nimmo, that I find you presiding over her domain?

    The Copper Princess Kirk Munroe
  • It is a rough life, aunty, but a wholesome one if a fellow loves it as I do, and has an anchor to windward as I have.

    Jo's Boys Louisa May Alcott
  • "I didn't know ye were up yet, aunty," said Jeff submissively.

  • aunty May said maybe he did; and a white house where I guess the soldiers got something to eat and drink.

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull
  • “You were, aunty dear,” said Ruth, laughing for the first time in several days.

    Ruth Fielding Down East Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for aunty

Aunty

/ˈɑːntɪ/
noun
1.
(Austral) an informal name for ABC2 (sense 2)

auntie

/ˈɑːntɪ/
noun (pl) -ies
1.
a familiar or diminutive word for aunt
2.
(Austral, informal, derogatory) an older male homosexual

Auntie

/ˈɑːntɪ/
noun
1.
(Brit) an informal name for the BBC
2.
(Austral, informal) the Australian Broadcasting Association
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Word Origin and History for aunty

auntie

n.

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 aunty

auntie 1

noun

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

auntie 2

noun

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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