(1) A droll, unassuming man with a handsome gray beard, Baker has the manner of an avuncular , absent-minded professor who has left something behind on the way to class.(2) Flodden also created a Scottish regency crisis in which Henry dusted off the old Edwardian claims to suzerainty and combined them with his own avuncular relationship to James V to claim the regency for his sister.(3) Towards the end of on uncharacteristically orderly day, the avuncular former dictator once again grabbed center stage, accusing his American captors of mistreatment, beatings, even torture.(4) Despite failure in South Africa Buller never lost popularity with the rank and file and the public: his heavy build and avuncular manner were seen as reflecting ├ö├ç├┐the best English type├ö├ç├û.(5) He long ago ditched the specs, shaved off his whiskers and now has a rather kindly avuncular air.(6) When the Broadway pro learned that his young visitor wanted to write musicals, he offered avuncular encouragement and advice.(7) But he's just the warmest, most avuncular guy - it was a real privilege.(8) The avuncular Sam, understanding how much they like each other as well as the ambitions that are driving them both, urges them to be civilized and be nice to each other.(9) But he was very friendly in a slightly bumbling avuncular sort of way.(10) Since he had put the point in a friendly, avuncular way, I asked him about something that had long puzzled me.(11) He has an avuncular , precociously adult manner of speaking - like a tweedy professor with elbow patches.(12) His friendly avuncular bearded figure was recognised throughout the town.(13) We never fully understand, for instance, what goes on inside the head of Melanie's obsessively ship-making brother, Jonathan, or whether Uncle Philip's fascination with the boy goes beyond the avuncular .(14) Outside, a golden sun warms the autumn leaves; inside, he busies himself in avuncular manner, serving tea and ginger cake in his book-lined room.(15) The playwright, who at 48 is 15 years Lane's senior, has an avuncular attitude towards the actor, who in turn looks at him with obvious respect.(16) An avuncular African doctor had the time to be reassuring and overflowing with human kindness.