Definitions for nicknameˈnɪkˌneɪm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
nick•nameˈnɪkˌneɪm(n.; v.)-named, -nam•ing.
(n.)a name substituted for the proper name of a person, place, etc., as in affection, ridicule, or familiarity.
a familiar form of a proper name, as Jim for James and Peg for
(v.t.)to call by a nickname.
Archaic. to call by an incorrect or improper name; misname.
Origin of nickname:
1400–50; late ME nekename, for ekename (the phrase an ekename being taken as a nekename). See eke2, name
nickname, moniker, cognomen, sobriquet, soubriquet, byname(noun)
a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)
"Joe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph"; "Henry's nickname was Slim"
a descriptive name for a place or thing
"the nickname for the U.S. Constitution is `Old Ironsides'"
give a nickname to
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a name given to sb by their friends that is not their usual name
Her nickname at home was "Bear."
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.
To give a nickname to (a person or thing).
Origin: nekename, alteration (due to an incorrect division of the words an ekename as a nekename) of previous ekename, from eke + name. compare aukanafn.
a name given in contempt, derision, or sportive familiarity; a familiar or an opprobrious appellation
to give a nickname to; to call by a nickname
A nickname is "a usually familiar or humorous but sometimes pointed or cruel name given to a person or place, as a supposedly appropriate replacement for or addition to the proper name", or a name similar in origin and pronunciation from the original name. It can also be the familiar or truncated form of the proper name, which may sometimes be used simply for convenience. The term hypocoristic is used to refer to a nickname of affection between those in love or with a close emotional bond, compared with a term of endearment. The term diminutive name refers to nicknames that convey smallness, hence something regarded with affection or familiarity, or contempt. The distinction between the two is often blurred. It is a form of endearment and amusement. As a concept, it is distinct from both pseudonym and stage name, and also from a title, although there may be overlap in these concepts. A nickname is often considered desirable, symbolising a form of acceptance, but can sometimes be a form of ridicule.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A combination of two separate unclassified words that is assigned an unclassified meaning and is employed only for unclassified administrative, morale, or public information purposes.
Translations for nickname
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an informal name given in affection, admiration, dislike etc
Wellington's nickname was `the Iron Duke'.
- bynaam, spotnaamAfrikaans
- apelidoPortuguese (BR)
- der SpitznameGerman
- kælenavn; øgenavnDanish
- اسم مستعارFarsi
- ragadványnév, gúnynévHungarian
- iesauka; palamaLatvian
- nama timanganMalay
- kjælenavn, tilnavnNorwegian
- اسم مستعارPersian
- مستعار نومPashto
- прозвище; кличкаRussian
- takma ad, lâkapTurkish
- 綽號Chinese (Trad.)
- لقب، عرفي نامUrdu
- biệt danhVietnamese
- 绰号Chinese (Simp.)
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