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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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. Shirley Ezel:

    My uncle was very protective of me growing up because I was the only girl in a whole group of boys.

  2. Chris Blanchard:

    I had them drive in and stop and shut the car off to look around, at that moment, I gave them the concerned parent/uncle speech. 'This is it. If you screw up, not wearing (a) seat belt, drink and drive, text, get distracted by music or friends, it's over! No second chances, no excuses, no retakes, no do-overs, no goodbyes. Dead.'.

  3. Paul Reiser today .:

    The Carson company is run by his nephew, and when we told him the story, he laughed and said, ‘ That’s my life story. ’ He got a summer job working in his uncle Johnny’s show. His summer job became a longer job and before you know it, he’s there forever. No matter how much he screwed up, everybody said, ‘ Well, that’s Johnny’s kid. You ca n’t touch him. ’ We obviously did n’t know that, but thought it was perfect.

  4. Hannah Pik-Goslar:

    I always stayed in touch with Mr. Frank until his death. We were always corresponding. I used to call him Oom Otto — Uncle Otto. He visited us also several times in Israel with his second wife.

  5. Pooja Bohara:

    Society and some family members blame me. My uncle even suggested that I should be placed in a heap of straw and burnt to death, but my father was for justice, it is not our fault that we are raped. Victims should come out and tell their story to the courts and seek justice.

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