noun \ˈəŋ-kəl\

: the brother of your father or mother or the husband of your aunt

—used as a word that you say when you are being hurt in a fight to show that you admit being defeated and do not want to continue fighting

Full Definition of UNCLE

a :  the brother of one's father or mother
b :  the husband of one's aunt
:  one who helps, advises, or encourages
—used as a cry of surrender <was forced to cry uncle>
capitalized :  uncle sam

Examples of UNCLE

  1. I have three uncles and two aunts.
  2. My Uncle David is visiting next week.

Origin of UNCLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin avunculus mother's brother; akin to Old English ēam uncle, Welsh ewythr, Latin avus grandfather
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with UNCLE


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