agony aunt

noun
a newspaper columnist who answers questions and offers advice on personal problems to people who write in
Hypernyms: ↑newspaper columnist

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noun
Usage: chiefly Brit
: a person who writes an advice column

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agony aunt noun
1. (sometimes with caps) a person, usu a woman, who gives advice in an agony column or in a radio or television programme of similar nature
2. Any female adviser (informal)
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Main Entry:agony

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agony aunt UK US noun [countable] [singular agony aunt plural agony aunts] british
a woman whose job is to give advice about personal problems in a newspaper or magazine by answering people’s letters. The American word is advice columnist .
Thesaurus: journalists and groups of journalistssynonym types of newspaper or magazinehyponym

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noun, pl ⋯ aunts [count]
Brit : a person who writes an agony column

Hundreds of people write in to the paper's agony aunt [=(US) advice columnist] every week.

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ˈagony aunt [agony aunt] (BrE) (NAmE adˈvice columnist) noun
a person who writes in a newspaper or magazine giving advice in reply to people's letters about their personal problems
See also:advice columnist

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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