uncle

Definitions

  • Uncle Godfrey wades through snow, two horses and a dingo nearby
    Uncle Godfrey wades through snow, two horses and a dingo nearby
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n uncle the brother of your father or mother; the husband of your aunt
    • n uncle a source of help and advice and encouragement "he played uncle to lonely students"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Uncle John takes Nellie and Rose to see the well Uncle John takes Nellie and Rose to see the well
"If Uncle Sam could have me right by him to tell him the reason." "If Uncle Sam could have me right by him to tell him the reason."
Uncle Joe and Aunt Betsy Uncle Joe and Aunt Betsy
Uncle Bill and the Boys Uncle Bill and the Boys
Uncle Henry's Library Uncle Henry's Library
Y Boy, You Are Going to Lose Your Uncle Ike 057 Y Boy, You Are Going to Lose Your Uncle Ike 057
UNCLE DANIEL'S BLESSING UNCLE DANIEL'S BLESSING
UNCLE THOMAS UNCLE THOMAS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest diamond found in the United States was a 40.23 carat white diamond. It was found in 1924 and nicknamed the "Uncle Sam."
    • Uncle A pawnbroker.
    • Uncle An eldery man; -- used chiefly as a kindly or familiar appellation, esp. Southern U. S for a worthy old negro; as, “Uncle Remus.” "Plain old uncle as he [Socrates] was, with his great ears, -- an immense talker."
    • Uncle 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Gweneth Paltrow's nickname for Steven Speilberg is "Uncle Morty."
    • n uncle The brother of one's father or mother; also, the husband of one's aunt: correlative to aunt.
    • n uncle A familiar title of address to an old man: used especially in the southern United States as a kindly title for a worthy old negro: as, “Uncle Tom's Cabin”; correlative to aunt or aunty in similar use.
    • n uncle A pawnbroker: so called in humorous allusion to the financial favors often expected and sometimes received from rich uncles.
    • n uncle A termination of some diminutive words of Latin origin, as homuncle (also homuncule), oratiuncle, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The full name of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin is actually Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly.
    • n Uncle ung′kl the brother of one's father or mother: an old man generally: a pawnbroker
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Quotations

  • Nonnee Coan
    Nonnee Coan
    “Uncle claims that if he files his income tax wrong he'll go to jail, and if he files it right he'll go to the poor house.”
  • Olin Miller
    Olin Miller
    “Inheritance taxes are so high that the happiest mourner at a rich man's funeral is usually Uncle Sam.”

Idioms

Bob's your uncle - (UK) This idiom means that something will be successful: Just tell him that I gave you his name and Bob's your uncle- he'll help you.
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Dutch uncle - A Dutch uncle is a person who gives unwelcome advice.
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Everybody and their uncle - This basically means a lot of people or too many people; everybody and their uncle was there.
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I'll be a monkey's uncle - I'll be a monkey's uncle is used as an expression of surprise.
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Say uncle - (USA) If you say uncle, you admit defeat. ('Cry uncle' is an alternative form.)
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Uncle Sam - (USA) Uncle Sam is the government of the USA.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. uncle, OF. oncle, uncle, F. oncle, fr. L. avunculus, a maternal uncle, dim. of avus, a grandfather; akin to Lith. avynas, uncle, Goth. aw, grandmother, Icel. āi, great grandfather
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. (Fr. oncle)—L. avunculus, extension of avus, a grandfather.

Usage

In literature:

Uncle Charlie was there, and the aunties, sitting around, reading.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
He shared with his Uncle Denny his growing ideals on engineering.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
If time had not improved uncle Nathan or his house, it had improved Levi.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
I think our Peggy will make a very fine woman, don't you, uncle?
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
Uncle Richard stared at him.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Uncle Buzz's been in deep water before.
"Stubble" by George Looms
I brought a bag with me; do you suppose you could put me up for a few days, Uncle?
"Fernley House" by Laura E. Richards
Is there much fun in killing a man, Uncle Ike?
"Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy 1899" by George W. Peck
His uncle was a hale man, and people told him that his own life was not so much better than his uncle's.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Then the rescuer returned for Uncle Jepson.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
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In poetry:


An angle bore dear Uncle Joe
To rest beyond the stars.
I miss him, oh! I miss him so, --
He had such good cigars.
"Uncle Joe" by Harry Graham
One day he came before the king,
And kneel'd low on his knee:
"A boon, a boon, my good uncle,
I crave to ask of thee!
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang
"I moved on,...but that weight of death
Will never leave my brain !
I thought I never might uncling
That ghastly arm again !
"The Penitent's Confession" by Anne Bannerman
We just laughed, and danced, and shouted
And prayed, and sang, and cried,
And we thought dear Uncle Jacob
Would fairly crack his side.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Robin laughed, and the lady too,
And they looked at one another;
Says Robin, "I'll knock, as I'm used to do,
At uncle's window, mother."
"Robin Hood, A Child." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
"'Twere harsh my uncles' forging knack
Too rudely to condemn -
My aunts, repentant, may come back,
And blacks are nothing like as black
As people colour them!"
"A Worm Will Turn" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Will Bacho sports his great-uncle Jack's hat, which he had given to Will's father when he was 4 years old.
Oklahoma Executes Inmate for '94 Slaying of 77-Year-Old Great-Uncle .
Uncle Mo Turns in Blistering Half-Mile .
Mitt Romney Gaffes, Drunk Uncle Lead Half-Baked 'SNL' Election Special.
R Sonny Misar, uncle of the bride, performed the ceremony.
Uncle Sam's big plans for your hard-earned tax dollars.
What would my great uncle think.
The Republicans snatch Uncle Sam and threaten to drive him over the cliff.
When she slips nine washers on her arm like bangle bracelets, her uncle shares these " hound-dog true" words: "Could be one is all you need.
My uncle is a Minister in Sikeston, MO.
His dad (my uncle) was born here in El Paso, Texas.
It was just after lunch time when I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid's and Aunt Sadie's farm.
Police are looking for two men who were involved in an armed robbery Sunday night at Uncle Phil's Restaurant in Inwood , W.Va.
Neil Jones, uncle of the bridegroom, and the Rev.
If you're in the area, head out to Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach on August 19th at 8:00pm for a great cause.
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In science:

The above definition defines the two predicates uncle and aunt simultaneously.
SLDNFA-system
Uncle Petros & Goldback’s Conjecture. A Novel about Mathematical Obsession, Bloomsbury, New York, 2000.
Incompleteness, Complexity, Randomness and Beyond
Each person record has a field which determines this person 's relationship with a householder . This field can take different values: "husband/wife", "natural born son/daughter", "uncle/aunt" so on.
Clustering with Prototype Extraction for Census Data Analysis
Coherent states on the other hand can (as we show below) easily be made macroscopic and are expected to possess classical expectation values with small uncl , hX µ i = X µ certainties, e.g. hJ µν i = J µν cl , (with J µν the spacetime angular momentum and X µ the target space map of the worldsheet into spacetime).
String Vertex Operators and Cosmic Strings
In a black tile, the arc joins the mid-point of the sides which are separated by the side shared by the father and the side shared by the uncle, which is on the left-hand side of the father.
About the domino problem in the hyperbolic plane, a new solution: complement
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