What does Uncle mean?

Definitions for Uncle
ˈʌŋ kəlUn·cle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Uncle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. unclenoun

    the brother of your father or mother; the husband of your aunt

  2. unclenoun

    a source of help and advice and encouragement

    "he played uncle to lonely students"

Wiktionary

  1. unclenoun

    A brother or brother-in-law of someone's parent.

    Etymology: uncle, from uncle, from oncle, from avunculus, diminutive of avus, from awo-. Displaced native Middle English eam (from Old English eam "maternal uncle", compare Old English fædera "paternal uncle") from the same root. More at eme.

  2. unclenoun

    A companion to your (usually unmarried) mother.

    Etymology: uncle, from uncle, from oncle, from avunculus, diminutive of avus, from awo-. Displaced native Middle English eam (from Old English eam "maternal uncle", compare Old English fædera "paternal uncle") from the same root. More at eme.

  3. unclenoun

    A source of advice, encouragement, or help.

    Etymology: uncle, from uncle, from oncle, from avunculus, diminutive of avus, from awo-. Displaced native Middle English eam (from Old English eam "maternal uncle", compare Old English fædera "paternal uncle") from the same root. More at eme.

  4. unclenoun

    A pawnbroker.

    Etymology: uncle, from uncle, from oncle, from avunculus, diminutive of avus, from awo-. Displaced native Middle English eam (from Old English eam "maternal uncle", compare Old English fædera "paternal uncle") from the same root. More at eme.

  5. unclenoun

    A close male friend of the parents of a family.

    Etymology: uncle, from uncle, from oncle, from avunculus, diminutive of avus, from awo-. Displaced native Middle English eam (from Old English eam "maternal uncle", compare Old English fædera "paternal uncle") from the same root. More at eme.

  6. unclenoun

    an older male African-American person

    Etymology: uncle, from uncle, from oncle, from avunculus, diminutive of avus, from awo-. Displaced native Middle English eam (from Old English eam "maternal uncle", compare Old English fædera "paternal uncle") from the same root. More at eme.

  7. uncleinterjection

    A cry used to indicate surrender.

    Etymology: uncle, from uncle, from oncle, from avunculus, diminutive of avus, from awo-. Displaced native Middle English eam (from Old English eam "maternal uncle", compare Old English fædera "paternal uncle") from the same root. More at eme.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unclenoun

    the brother of one's father or mother; also applied to an aunt's husband; -- the correlative of aunt in sex, and of nephew and niece in relationship

  2. Unclenoun

    a pawnbroker

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Uncle

    ung′kl, n. the brother of one's father or mother: an old man generally: a pawnbroker.—n. Un′cleship, the state of being an uncle.—Uncle Sam, the United States or its people.—Talk like a Dutch uncle (see Dutch). [O. Fr. (Fr. oncle)—L. avunculus, extension of avus, a grandfather.]

Editors Contribution

  1. uncle

    The brother of one’s parent.

    Submitted by dklajksdajsdaiuoiuoew on December 15, 2019  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Uncle

    How this name came to be applied to a pawnbroker was as follows:--Before the “spout” was introduced all those pledges which consisted of clothing were attached to a very large book, or uncus as it was called, conformably to the Latin description of the article, since the Lombards were the earliest pawnbrokers of history. When this uncus could accommodate nothing more, the rope from which it depended was unslung from the ceiling, and laid across the shoulders of an assistant, who then carried the whole collection to the store-rooms overhead. Hence an article which had been pledged was said to have “Gone to the Uncus,” or, as the modern phrase has it, “Gone to my Uncle’s.”

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Uncle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2931

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Uncle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2593

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Uncle' in Nouns Frequency: #1173

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Uncle in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Uncle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Uncle in a Sentence

  1. Minh Tran:

    Theres a lot of people there who need this. I sent money to my uncle to help with the neighborhood for whoever needs it most.

  2. Jeb Bush & Associates:

    This release will show voters how I earned a living over the past three decades and how much of that living I had to give back to Uncle Sam. (Spoiler alert: a lot).

  3. Jeb Bush:

    You know, I'm not going to lie that, you know, it hurts. It stings, but, you know, my grandfather, my uncle and my dad, if they taught me anything on politics, you get back up and you fight again. And so, you know, I'm focused on my job in Texas.

  4. Larry Stefanki:

    I just think Rafa needs to get a little bit of a different view point, not getting rid of Uncle Toni, either. I don't think that's a good thing. He should probably stay around.

  5. Paolo Guerrero:

    I was only three or four years old when my uncle died but I can remember my mother’s cries, she was listening to music, she was ironing I think, and she cried out, because they were talking about a plane crash, a tragedy in which all the Alianza Lima players had been killed.

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