A familiar title for an aunt in south united states of america a familiar term placed on aged negro ladies
- the cousin of father or mother; the spouse of your uncle
- Alt. of Aunty
1787, in addition aunty, familiar diminutive as a type of aunt. As a type of kindly target to an adult woman to whom you're not associated, originally in southern U.S., of senior slave ladies. The negro not any longer submits with sophistication to-be known as "uncle" or "auntie" at the time of yore. ["Harper's Magazine," October 1883]
(letter.) Alt. of Aunty
However often she told herself that she must not get irritable when teaching her nephew, almost every time that, pointer in hand, she sat down to show him the French alphabet, she so longed to pour her own knowledge quickly and easily into the child--who was already afraid that Auntie might at any moment get angry--that at his slightest inattention she trembled, became flustered and heated, raised her voice, and sometimes pulled him by the arm and put him in the corner.