- avuncular (adj.)
- 1789, from Latin avunculus "maternal uncle," diminutive of avus (see uncle) + -ar. Used humorously for "of a pawnbroker" (uncle was slang for "pawnbroker" from c. 1600 through 19c.).
My only good suit is at present under the avuncular protection. ["Fraser's Magazine," 1832]
- 1. He began to talk in his most gentle and avuncular manner.
- 2. He was now playing the role of disinterested host and avuncular mentor.
- 3. He adopt an avuncular tone of voice when give advice to junior colleagues.
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