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[nuhng-kuh l] /ˈnʌŋ kəl/
noun, Chiefly British Dialect
Origin of nuncle
1580-90; from the phrase mine uncle, taken as my nuncle; cf. newt Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the only examples we gathered were "stop," "please," and "nuncle."

    The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd
  • Weve got a nuncle and a naunt living near our new house, said Kezia.

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • This is a question has quelled many a jovial toper, but it moved not the purpose of Lambourne's soul, "Question my means, nuncle?"

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • I'd donned my best clothes and my nuncle had gien me a new sixpenny-bit for a fairin', an' I were to buy choose-what I liked.

    Tales of the Ridings F. W. Moorman
  • Have a care, nuncle; if Sir Osmund catch thee, thou hadst as good bequeath thy bones to the Pope to make into saint's gear.

  • For you know, nuncle, the hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, that it had its head bit off by its young.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare James Edmund Harting
  • I tell Titty Ann fer look at we nuncle, gwan bahckwud by sundown.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
British Dictionary definitions for nuncle


an archaic or dialect word for uncle
Word Origin
C16: from division of mine uncle as my nuncle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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