avuncular [ uh-vuhng-kyuh-ler ]
1. of or relating to an uncle: He spoke of his sister's son with avuncular pride.
2. acting like an uncle, as in being kind, patient, generous, etc., especially to younger people: the avuncular, slightly condescending boss of a toy company.
OTHER WORDS FROM AVUNCULAR
a·vun·cu·lar·i·ty [uh-vuhng-kyuh-lar-i-tee] noun
WORDS RELATED TO AVUNCULAR
helping, counseling, consultative, advising, recommending
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Origin: First recorded in 1825–35; from Latin avuncul(us) “a mother's brother,” equivalent to av(us) “a forefather” + unattested -ont- + unattested -l(os) diminutive suffix (cf. uncle) + -ar
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It was more of a plea than a poem — the avuncular words of an ordinary Joe.
AMERICA YEARNS FOR AN ERA OF GOOD FEELING. THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY LAUNCHED ONE.|PETER MARKS|JANUARY 20, 2021|WASHINGTON POST
FDR gives an avuncular grin around his famous cigarette holder to Andrew Jackson.
THE 100 COOLEST AMERICANS GATHER AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY|WILLIAM O’CONNOR|FEBRUARY 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“You paid good money for this,” says the Vacuum Cleaner Guy (brilliantly played by an avuncular but ruthless Robert Forster).
‘GRANITE STATE,’ THE PENULTIMATE EPISODE OF ‘BREAKING BAD,’ IS WALTER WHITE’S FINAL ACT|ANDREW ROMANO|SEPTEMBER 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
At precisely 11:00, NRA president David Keene plodded slowly to the podium, bespectacled, white haired, and avuncular.
THE NRA: FROM AWFUL TO EVEN WORSE|MICHELLE COTTLE|DECEMBER 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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