auntie

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aunt +‎ -ie

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auntie (plural aunties)

  1. Diminutive of aunt
  2. Term of familiarity or respect for a middle-aged or elderly woman.

Usage notes[edit]

In some lects this is the most common spoken form for aunt.

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Verb[edit]

auntie (third-person singular simple present aunties, present participle auntying, simple past and past participle auntied)

  1. To be or behave like the aunt of.
    • 1994, Maria Guadalupe Serna-Perez, Entrepreneurship, Women's Roles, and the Domestic Cycle:
      In the same melodrama, Madame Rotschild, a supporting character plays a similar role by "auntying" all children as a rich and powerful woman who can solve most problems in children's own homes.
    • 2003, Richard M. Lerner, Handbook of applied developmental science:
      More and more children are being "auntied" by women in the community who feel it is their duty as mothers to care for parentless children.
    • 2011, Salvatore Scibona, The End, page 72:
      She had had only one unmitigated success in bending the girl to her will over the many years she'd auntied her: She had peeled the dialect right olf Lina's tongue.
    • 2019, Keturah Kendrick, No Thanks: Black, Female, and Living in the Martyr-Free Zone:
      “I am the best auntie of any auntie that has ever auntied,” she'd say, and in doing so reshape herself into the image her community needed to see.

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