The definition of avuncular is acting in a manner similar to the way a person’s uncle would act, specifically with kindness and indulgence.
A person who treats everyone with kindness is an example of an avuncular person.
- of an uncle
- having traits considered typical of uncles; jolly, indulgent, stodgy, etc.
Origin of avuncular; from Classical Latin avunculus, maternal uncle, diminutive of avus, ancestor (see atavism) + -ar
- Of or having to do with an uncle.
- Regarded as characteristic of an uncle, especially in benevolence or tolerance.
Origin of avuncularFrom Latin avunculus, maternal uncle; see awo- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more avuncular, superlative most avuncular)
From Latin avunculus (“maternal uncle”).