Definition of Dutch uncle in English:

Dutch uncle

noun

North American
informal
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘According to the dictionary,’ he explains ‘a Dutch uncle is someone who judges and criticises others harshly, even if their intentions are good.’’
    • ‘‘He was like a Dutch uncle,’ the clerk told our publication.’
    • ‘Now that you have proved that subtlety is useless in this situation, you must speak to this woman as a Dutch uncle… well, aunt.’
    • ‘Throughout the campaign, he would prove the Dutch uncle, the voice of unflinching candor and irrepressible reason.’
    counsellor, mentor, guide, consultant, consultee, confidant, confidante, right hand man, right hand woman, aide, helper
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