1880E.L. PriceJrnls (1956) 409‘So,’ said this pretty damsel, ‘Om Price will find this little girl very wild. He must be strict with her’ — and the little girl looked merrily into Uncle Price’s face.
b.A respectful or friendly form of address to a man who is not a blood relation, especially one older than the speaker; sometimes used in the (Afrikaans) respectful third person form (see quotation 1979).Cf. oom sense 2.
1873F. BoyleTo Cape for Diamonds 368We met a dingy old farmer going to his work on Bultfontein. ‘Good morning, uncle!’ said Mr. Fry. ‘Good morning, brother!’ returned the Boer.
1900H. BloreImp. Light Horseman 77‘Allemachting! little uncle,’ exclaimed the clerk in surprise. ‘I did not know there was a Boer here.’
1902D. Van WarmeloOn Commando 127An old man galloped towards us...I asked him, ‘Uncle, are you sure that our lager is in the hands of the khakies?’ to which he answered, ‘Nephew, I saw with my own eyes how they rode up to the waggons and made all our people “hands up!”’
1933W. MacdonaldRomance of Golden Rand 232‘Uncle,’ I said, addressing Harry Struben, ‘here is the gold we got from crushing the conglomerates’.
1968Post 4 Feb. 7Why do all Indians in Maritzburg address everybody no matter how young they are, as ‘Uncle’ or ‘Aunty’?
1979W. EbersohnLonely Place 190‘Is Uncle sure Uncle knows what Uncle is doing?’ the boy asked. ‘Uncle couldn’t be surer,’ Yudel said.
1980R. GovenderLahnee’s Pleasure 13You must not stop him from school like this, Uncle. He seems an intelligent child.
A respectful or friendly form of address to a man who is not a blood relation, especially one older than the speaker; sometimes used in the (Afrikaans) respectful third person form (see quotation 1979).
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