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nickname

nick·name

nickname

 
 
pronunciation:
nIk neIm
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (noun, verb), Word History
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a name given to a person, place, or thing in place of or in addition to the proper name, to indicate humor, familiarity, or the character of the person, place, or thing.
The nicknames he gave his brother, his hometown, and his car were Bobo, Dullsville, and Old Faithful, respectively.
synonyms:
sobriquet
similar words:
appellation, cognomen, designation, diminutive, epithet, tag
definition 2: a familiar or short form of a proper name, such as "Bob" for "Robert".
similar words:
cognomen, diminutive, sobriquet
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: nicknamed, nicknames, nicknaming
definition: to give a nickname to.
similar words:
call, dub, name, tag
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derivation: nicknamer (n.)
Word History
"Nick-" in the word nickname comes from an eke, an early English term that means "another."