Sunday, 6 May 2012

Entry: avuncular (adj.)

In context: "The tennis coach took Orin's decision hard, and Orin had had to hand him a Kleenex and stand there for several minutes under the poster of an avuncular Big Bill Tilden standing there in WWII-era long white pants and ruffling a ballboy's hair, Orin watching the Kleenex soggify and get holes blown through it while he tried to articulate just what he had meant by burned out and withered husk and carrot."

Definition: Of, belonging to, or resembling, an uncle.

Though also oddly:

b. (humorously) Of a pawnbroker: see uncle n.   Also absol.


SNOOT score: 1

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

1 comment:

  1. I think DFW means it in the other, related sense: "Kind and friendly toward a younger or less experienced person."