Definition of Dutch uncle in English:

Dutch uncle


North American
  • A person giving firm but benevolent advice.

    ‘some you can talk to like a Dutch uncle’
    • ‘Last week he talked like a Dutch uncle to a Manhattan gathering of 600 medicos and hospital administrators.’
    • ‘‘He was like a Dutch uncle,’ the clerk told our publication.’
    • ‘Throughout the campaign, he would prove the Dutch uncle, the voice of unflinching candor and irrepressible reason.’
    • ‘And that's essentially one of the reasons why he was not delighted when I visited him twice in jail here, to see me, was because instead of talking to him as a, the adoring spouse that I had been before, I was talking to him like a Dutch uncle, and he did not like that.’
    • ‘Now that you have proved that subtlety is useless in this situation, you must speak to this woman as a Dutch uncle… well, aunt.’
    • ‘‘According to the dictionary,’ he explains ‘a Dutch uncle is someone who judges and criticises others harshly, even if their intentions are good.’’
    counsellor, mentor, guide, consultant, consultee, confidant, confidante, right hand man, right hand woman, aide, helper
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