tio do pavê

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Etymology[edit]

Literally: pavê uncle. Pavê is a type of cake made with biscuits, traditionally eaten during Christmas and New Year’s parties, and homophonous with a colloquial pronunciation of para ver ([supposed] to be seen). The term points to a stereotypical corny joke told by such uncles: when someone mentions pavê, the uncle asks mas é pa ou pa cumê? (but is it supposed to be seen or to be eaten?)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tio do pavê m (plural tios do pavê)

  1. (Brazil, colloquial) an uncle (loosely, any middle-aged man) who tells corny jokes or otherwise thinks that he is funnier than he really is

Citations[edit]

For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:tio do pavê.