NounNickname (plural Nicknames)
- A familiar, invented given name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing.
- A kind of byname that describes a person by a characteristic of that person.
- (familiar invented given name): handle, hypocoristic, moniker, nick, sobriquet, pet name
- (byname): antonomasia, byname, cognomen
- (transitive) To give a nickname to (a person or thing).
Verbs for Nickname
adopt—; assume—; bear—; bedevil with—; bestow—upon; brand with—; coin—; contrive—; define—; dub with—; earn—; incur—; —adheres; —annoys; —clings; — labels; —mocks; —sticks; —survives; — vexes.
affectionate name, agnomen, appellation, appellative, baptize, byname, byword, call, christen, cognomen, define, denominate, denomination, designate, diminutive, dub, entitle, epithet, first name, handle, hypocoristic, identify, label, moniker, name, nominate, pet name, sobriquet, specify, style, tag, term, title
Middle English nekename (“nickname”), alteration (due to an incorrect division of the words an ekename as a nekename) of previous ekename (“nickname”) from eke (“also, additional”) + name (“name”). compare Old Norse aukanafn (“nickname”).
- IPA: /nɪkneɪm/
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