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From tēvs(father), with an extra element -oc ([ùots], maybe from *ōk); cf. Lithuanian tėvõkas(older man; grandfather), tėvùkas(daddy; grandfather). First attested in Kurzeme in the 18th century, this word has since then spread to other areas and entered the standard language.[1]


  • IPA(key): [ˈtǣːvuôt͡sis]
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tēvocis m (2nd declension, feminine form: tante)

  1. uncle (father's or mother's brother)
    mazais zēns kopā ar māti atbrauca no Rīgas pie lauku tēvoča‎ ― the little boy, together with his mother, arrived from Riga at (his) country(side) uncle's (house, farm)
    kad piedzimst bērns, viņa tēvocis pa mātes līniju iestāda mājas priekšā vairākus mango kokus‎ ― when a (new) child is born, his maternal uncle plants a number of mango trees in front of the house
  2. uncle (a grown man, in relation to a child, even if not the child's real uncle)
    “es te stāvu no pusseptiņiem”, uztraucas kāds tēvocis‎ ― “I have been standing here since half past six,” some uncle complained




  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “tēvs”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7