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n. Chiefly British
An uncle: "Can you make no use of nothing, nuncle?" (Shakespeare).

[From the phrases an uncle, mine uncle.]


an archaic or dialect word for uncle
[C16: from division of mine uncle as my nuncle]


(ˈʌŋ kəl)

1. a brother of one's father or mother.
2. an aunt's husband.
3. a familiar title or term of address for any elderly man.
4. (cap.) Uncle Sam.
say or cry uncle, to concede defeat.
[1250–1300; < Old French < Latin avunculus mother's brother; akin to Old English èam uncle, Latin avus grandfather]
References in periodicals archive ?
However, several are used in exactly the same way as in the Huddersfield dialect: gaffer, a corruption of grandfather, for an old man; vittles for food, nowt for nothing, nosey, of one who pries into things, or nuncle for uncle.
Fool: I had rather be any kind o' thing than a Fool, and yet I would not be thee, nuncle.
In Dedication, theater manager-actor Lou Nuncle voices a similar contempt for directorial innovations while he rages against the inaccessibility of most contemporary American productions of Shakespeare: