What does nickname mean?

Definitions for nickname
ˈnɪkˌneɪmnick·name

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nickname, moniker, cognomen, sobriquet, soubriquet, bynamenoun

    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"

  2. nicknameverb

    a descriptive name for a place or thing

    "the nickname for the U.S. Constitution is `Old Ironsides'"

  3. dub, nicknameverb

    give a nickname to

GCIDE

  1. nicknamenoun

    A name given in affectionate familiarity, sportive familiarity, contempt, or derision; a familiar or an opprobrious appellation; as, Nicholas's nickname is Nick.

    Etymology: [OE. ekename surname, hence, a nickname, an ekename being understood as a nekename, influenced also by E. nick, v. See Eke, and Name.]

Wiktionary

  1. nicknamenoun

    A familiar, invented given name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing.

    Etymology: nekename, alteration (due to an incorrect division of the words an ekename as a nekename) of previous ekename, from eke + name. compare aukanafn.

  2. nicknamenoun

    A kind of byname that describes a person by a characteristic of that person.

    Etymology: nekename, alteration (due to an incorrect division of the words an ekename as a nekename) of previous ekename, from eke + name. compare aukanafn.

  3. nicknameverb

    To give a nickname to (a person or thing).

    Etymology: nekename, alteration (due to an incorrect division of the words an ekename as a nekename) of previous ekename, from eke + name. compare aukanafn.

Wikipedia

  1. Nickname

    A nickname, also moniker is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place or thing. Commonly used to express affection, a form of endearment, and sometimes amusement, it can also be used to express defamation of character, particularly by school bullies. As a concept, it is distinct from both pseudonym and stage name, and also from a title (for example, City of Fountains), although there may be overlap in these concepts. A hypocoristic is a nickname of affection between those in love or with a close emotional bond.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nicknamenoun

    a name given in contempt, derision, or sportive familiarity; a familiar or an opprobrious appellation

    Etymology: [OE. ekename surname, hence, a nickname, an ekename being understood as a nekename, influenced also by E. nick, v. See Eke, and Name.]

  2. Nicknameverb

    to give a nickname to; to call by a nickname

    Etymology: [OE. ekename surname, hence, a nickname, an ekename being understood as a nekename, influenced also by E. nick, v. See Eke, and Name.]

Freebase

  1. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nickname

    nik′nām, n. a name given in contempt or sportive familiarity.—v.t. to give a nickname to. [M. E. neke-name, with intrusive initial n from eke-name, surname; from eke and name.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. nickname

    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.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nickname in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nickname in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of nickname in a Sentence

  1. James Comey:

    I don't have a nickname for him, honestly, I call him the President of the United States because I respect the office.

  2. President Obama:

    A little bit later you're going to hear from a guy who I hear has been talking about launching a potential political career, you may have heard of this, Kanye is thinking about running for Speaker of the House. It couldn't get any stranger...But in case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing -- or as he calls it 'peezy' [West's nickname is Yeezy] -- I do have advice for him.

  3. Noor Salman:

    Salman's defense attorneys argued those statements weren't accurate. On March 20, the mother of Mateen's friend, known only by the nickname Nemo, testified in court. She discussed the pair's relationship, and told the court her son was working that night in Washington, D.C., and had not been with Seddique Mateen. Jurors got a deeper look into Mateen's past on March 21 as they searched through Seddique Mateen browser history, which includedISIS propaganda and beheading videos. They also flipped through photos taken inside Seddique Mateen Florida home. Final text messages between the couple were then read aloud in court. Noor Salman texted Seddique Mateen twice during Seddique Mateen hours-long standoff with police, asking, Where are you ? Seddique Mateen responded, You heard what happened. ???? Noor Salman replied. What happened ?! Noor Salman texted. I love you babe, Seddique Mateen wrote in Seddique Mateen last text message at 4:29 a.m. Habibi what happened ?! Noor Salman wrote, using an Arabic term of endearment. Your mom said that she said to come over and you never did. On March 22, jurors watched security footage of Noor Salman standing by Noor Salman husband's side -- with their young son close by -- as Seddique Mateen bought ammunition at Walmart. I knew Seddique Mateen was preparing for Jihad when Seddique Mateen bought the rifle, was going to the range to shoot, was spending a lot of money and bought the ammunition, i saw these things as a green light for Seddique Mateen to do an act of violence. On March 24, lawyers revealed that Mateen's dad was a secret FBI informant for more than a decade -- a revelation that led to immediate calls by the defense for a mistrial. Seddique Mateen was a FBI confidential human source at various points in time between January 2005 and June 2016.

  4. Takashi Takano:

    I have been called the Razor, but it is not a nickname I particularly like. I would rather be known as gentle Junichiro Hironaka.

  5. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images:

    Yeah, they’re called the Saints, i don’t think they’re very saintly. A Saint would have probably let us score once or twice yesterday. So gotta rethink that nickname.

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    • A. urus
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