Meaning of agony uncle in English:

agony uncle


informal British
  • A man who answers letters in an agony column.

    • ‘a newspaper agony uncle’
    • ‘He is proud of his role as agony uncle to a new generation of artists.’
    • ‘He's the agony uncle for the teen magazine.’
    • ‘The site will also have information on the local scene, including questions and answers and an agony uncle page.’
    • ‘The candidate writes an agony uncle column which focuses on tax and benefit changes.’
    • ‘Reading that letter to a tabloid agony uncle, you can almost hear the frantic beating of the writer's heart.’
    • ‘He became agony uncle to thousands of boys who sought his advice on broken voices, bad breath, and the propriety of using tinted writing paper.’
    • ‘Last night the country's favourite agony uncle insisted that it was the power of radio and the nationwide spread of listeners that empowered people.’
    • ‘I watched him act as an agony uncle to young people whose families had broken down: they would talk to him and he would just listen, never preach.’
    • ‘He signed up as an agony uncle for the men's magazine FHM.’
    • ‘As well as working as a political journalist, his career included a spell as a newspaper agony uncle.’