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uncle

[uhng-kuh l] /ˈʌŋ kəl/
noun
1.
a brother of one's father or mother.
2.
an aunt's husband.
3.
a familiar title or term of address for any elderly man.
4.
Slang. a pawnbroker.
5.
(initial capital letter) Informal. Uncle Sam.
6.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter U.
Idioms
7.
say / cry uncle, Informal. to concede defeat:
They ganged up on him in the schoolyard and made him say uncle.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French uncle, Old French oncle < Latin avunculus mother's brother, equivalent to av(us) mother's father + -unculus suffix extracted from diminutives of n-stems (see homunculus)
Related forms
uncleless, adjective
uncleship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for uncle ship

uncle

/ˈʌŋkəl/
noun
1.
a brother of one's father or mother
2.
the husband of one's aunt
3.
a term of address sometimes used by children for a male friend of their parents
4.
(slang) a pawnbroker
related
adjective avuncular
Word Origin
C13: from Old French oncle, from Latin avunculus; related to Latin avus grandfather
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Word Origin and History for uncle ship

uncle

n.

late 13c., from Old French oncle, from Latin avunculus "mother's brother," literally "little grandfather," diminutive of avus "grandfather," from PIE root *awo- "grandfather, adult male relative other than one's father" (cf. Armenian hav "grandfather," Lithuanian avynas "maternal uncle," Old Church Slavonic uji "uncle," Welsh ewythr "uncle").

Replaced Old English eam (usually maternal; paternal uncle was fædera), which represents the Germanic form of the root (cf. Dutch oom, Old High German oheim "maternal uncle," German Ohm "uncle").

Also from French are German, Danish, Swedish onkel. First record of Dutch uncle (and his blunt, stern, benevolent advice) is from 1838; Welsh uncle (1747) was the first cousin of one's parent. To say uncle as a sign of submission in a fight is North American, attested from 1909, of uncertain signification.

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Slang definitions & phrases for uncle ship

uncle

noun
  1. A pawnbroker (1756+)
  2. A receiver of stolen goods; fence (1924+ Underworld)
  3. A federal narcotics agent; narc (1920+ Underworld & narcotics)
Related Terms

say uncle

[last sense fr Uncle Sam]


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Idioms and Phrases with uncle ship

uncle

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