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. uncle(noun)

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

  2. uncle(noun)

    a source of help and advice and encouragement

    "he played uncle to lonely students"

Wiktionary

  1. uncle(Noun)

    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. uncle(Noun)

    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. uncle(Noun)

    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. uncle(Noun)

    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. uncle(Noun)

    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. uncle(Noun)

    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. uncle(Interjection)

    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. Uncle(noun)

    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. Uncle(noun)

    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.”

British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce Uncle?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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How to say Uncle in sign language?

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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. Americo Mello:

    Do n’t expect anything that is probably unrealistic — your uncle may still drink too much, your nephews may still fight over the remote. Accept that some things don’t change.

  2. Al Aour:

    I feel guilty, first of all, the situation was difficult, more than you can imagine. How can your nephew be taken from your hand? How can you face your brother or your uncle? What would you tell them?

  3. Nancy Reagan:

    A marriage made in Hollywood She was born Anne Frances Robbins in New York City on July 6, 1921. Her mother and father separated before her birth. Her mother, Edith, toured with a theater company while Nancy lived with an aunt and uncle. Her mother married Chicago neurosurgeon Loyal Davis when the future first lady was young. He adopted her and she settled down in Chicago, before she adopted the stage name Nancy Davis and headed west to Hollywood.

  4. Mia Paz in jail:

    I had so much fear, I didn’t know how to manage it, and I lashed out. I ran from police until my first charge was for resisting arrest at age 15, i was arrested again at age 16. The police officer he sat on my back and he lashed my feet to my hands. What that policeman did, it felt not much different from what my uncle did. I could speak about the police, but I couldn't talk about my uncle, the fear was deep inside.

  5. Floyd Mayweather:

    My uncle was one of the most important people in my life inside and outside of the ring, roger was a great champion and one of the best trainers in boxing. Unfortunately, his health was failing him for several years and now he can finally rest in peace.

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