Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Natural to or characteristic of an aunt: as, auntly blessings; auntly affection.

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  • adjective Of, like, or characteristic of an aunt.
  • adverb In the manner of an aunt.

Etymologies

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From aunt +‎ -ly.

Examples

  • It is a short section from the opening paragraph of P.G. Wodehouse's story "Jeeves Makes an Omelette," in which Bertie Wooster muses to himself on the abominable problem of auntly relations:

    Loathed, Lovable and Loopy

  • Funny thing to be going out with the father of someone who had a perfectly good mother & family of her own -- try to be laid-back and auntly without taking over in any way.

    in a Young's pub

  • "I don't even know that Charlotte is going," Mrs. Haviland said, with an auntly smile of baffling sweetness that yet contained a subtle reproof.

    The Heart of Rachael

  • Miss Madigan went out into the future, sent thither by her auntly sense of responsibility, and brought it back with her.

    The Madigans

  • I say, freeing my neck briefly from an auntly elbow.

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  • For the past few months I have been nervously eyeballing the child, ever alert for signs that the faithy godbag indoctrination has begun to take, so that I might countermand that moron crap with an auntly intervention of Question Authority-ism.

    I Blame The Patriarchy

  • Her niece is seven or eight, so it was a matter of auntly duty to purchase a hat that would inevitably provoke amusement - or at least Erica is at liberty to claim that.

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  • Now, Francie’s kind, round, auntly face looked pale and pinched, her gray hair looked as limp as mine felt, and she held her coat bunched against her chest to ward off the chill.

    I. O. U.

  • Now, Francie’s kind, round, auntly face looked pale and pinched, her gray hair looked as limp as mine felt, and she held her coat bunched against her chest to ward off the chill.

    I. O. U.

  • Now, Francie’s kind, round, auntly face looked pale and pinched, her gray hair looked as limp as mine felt, and she held her coat bunched against her chest to ward off the chill.

    I. O. U.

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