Dutch uncle is a term for a person who issues frank, harsh, and severe comments and criticism to educate, encourage, or admonish someone. Thus, a "Dutch uncle" is a person who is rather the reverse of what is normally thought of as avuncular or uncle-like (which would be indulgent and permissive).
Other articles related to "dutch uncle, dutch":
... term, often expressed as "talk to one like a Dutch uncle," originated in the early 19th century as an allusion to the sternness and sobriety attributed to the Dutch ... Dutch behaviour is defined in the book Culture Shock! Netherlands A Survival Guide To Customs and Etiquette as "practical, direct, outspoken, stubborn, well-organised, blunt and thinking they are ... possible origin may be the marriage of the Dutch William of Orange, who later became incumbent of the British throne, to the English Mary II, in the late 17th century ...
Famous quotes containing the words uncle and/or dutch:
“My uncle Toby had scarce a heart to retalliate upon a fly.
Go,says he, one day at dinner, to an over-grown one which had buzzd about his nose ... go poor Devil, get thee gone, why should I hurt thee?This world surely is wide enough to hold both thee and me.”
—Laurence Sterne (17131768)
“Too nice is neighbors fool.”
—Common Dutch saying, trans by Johanna C. Prins.