Definitions for nicknameˈnɪkˌneɪm
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
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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