from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of or having to do with an uncle.
- adjective Regarded as characteristic of an uncle, especially in benevolence or tolerance.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Of or pertaining to an uncle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Of or pertaining to an uncle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective In the manner of an
uncle, pertaining to an uncle.
- adjective by extension
Kind, genial, benevolent, or tolerant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective resembling a uncle in kindness or indulgence
- adjective being or relating to an uncle
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
The former justice minister is known as an avuncular and soft-spoken man who quit the cabinet in the early days of the uprising and immediately joined the rebels in Benghazi.
But while Norton's lavish tribute may well have had a certain avuncular motive, it's evident that the fervor and clamor of young Kipling's balladry stirred the old Brahmin to his bones.
The first one I can only describe as avuncular and earnest.
McMahon, best known as the avuncular second banana to Johnny Carson on the "Tonight Show," died at age 86, also in dire financial straits after profligate spending.
The TV listings call Larry King "avuncular," which describes his affability but sets him somewhat apart from his guests.
I think he brought a kind of avuncular approach to "World News Tonight," but I never thought he had a really serious gravitas that he brought to "World News Tonight," and maybe that was just because of who he is, maybe that was just his personality.
My foolproof/proof fool method as a child: memorize the definition of "avuncular," since it was the last question on the Wechsler.
You can ` t-- you can ` t expect to walk into this and just be kind of avuncular and kind -- and think you ` re going to win it.
And his friendships in England were of the same kind of avuncular nature.
He can do it in that kind of avuncular way that he has.