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    An avuncular man is kind-hearted and friendly. What word describes a woman with similar characteristics?

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     avuncular


    PRONUNCIATION:
    (uh-VUNG-kyuh-luhr)
    MEANING:
    adjective: In the manner of an uncle, in benevolence, affection, or good humor.

    The female counterpart of the word is materteral, meaning auntlike. 


    ETYMOLOGY:
    From Latin avunculus (maternal uncle), diminutive of avus (grandfather). Ultimately from the Indo-European root awo- (an adult male relative), which is also the source of atavism, uncle, and ayah.


    NOTES:
    Originally the term referred to a mother's brother, from avunculus meaning maternal uncle (paternal uncle was patruus). What's fascinating is how it describes an uncle: avunculus, meaning a little grandfather. The word uncle is slang for a pawnbroker, so the word avuncular could also mean like a pawnbroker.
     

    nomdeplume

    Interesting, the bit about the pawnbroker. In France 'chez ma tante' ( my aunt's house) means the pawnbroker.
    Bob/PKB

    If my nephew ever referred to my house as the pawnbroker, I'm not sure if I'd laugh or be irritated....for sure, there's enough stuff around here that's just been dropped off, from dogs to car batteries to coffee makers. I may not have given anybody money for it, but....

    Av-aunt-ular of course!    :)

    The same way.........

    nomdeplume

    Surely not 'an avuncular woman' the word is derived from 'uncle'.
    Ducky

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    So my answer is right nom?
    nomdeplume

    Best so far Ducky, though avaunt means begone.
    Ducky

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    We'll just have to ignore that part. :)

    had a good heart.



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