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uncle, noun

Origin:
English, AfrikaansShow more Special senses of general English, influenced by Afrikaans oom, see oom.
colloquial
1.
a. A title, with a name: oom sense 1 a.
1822 [see oom sense 1 a].
1880 E.L. Price Jrnls (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.
1873 F. Boyle To 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.
1983 [see oom sense 2].
2. As a common noun: oom sense 3.
1883 O.E.A. Schreiner Story of Afr. Farm 137Some day, sooner or later, these graves will open, and those Boer-uncles with their wives walk about here in red sand.
1993 in Sunday Times 31 Oct. 31We are not pumpkins like the fat uncles running around in the AWB.
A title, with a name: oom1 a.
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).
As a common noun: oom3.

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