noun Etymology: Late Latin hypocorisma, from Greek hypokorisma, from hypokorizesthai to call by pet names, from hypo- + korizesthai to caress, from koros boy, korē girl Date: 1850 1. a pet name 2. the use of pet names • hypocoristic or hypocoristical adjectivehypocoristically adverb

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  • hypocorism — noun a name of endearment (especially one using a diminutive suffix) Billy is a hypocorism for William • Syn: ↑pet name • Hypernyms: ↑name …   Useful english dictionary

  • hypocorism — /huy pok euh riz euhm, hi /, n. 1. a pet name. 2. the practice of using a pet name. 3. the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, esp. by an adult. [1840 50; < Gk hypokórisma pet name. See HYPOCORISTIC, ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • hypocorism — noun A term of endearment; a pet name. Syn: nickname, pet name, sobriquet …   Wiktionary

  • hypocorism — n. use of nicknames; pet name, nickname …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hypocorism — hypoco·rism …   English syllables

  • hypocorism — hy•poc•o•rism [[t]haɪˈpɒk əˌrɪz əm[/t]] n. 1) a pet name 2) the use of pet names 3) the use of forms imitative of baby talk • Etymology: 1840–50; < Gk hypokórisma pet name. See hypocoristic, ism …   From formal English to slang

  • hypocorism — /haɪˈpɒkərɪzəm/ (say huy pokuhrizuhm) noun 1. a pet name, especially a diminutive, as Betty for Elizabeth. 2. → euphemism. {Late Latin, from Greek hypokorisma endearing name} …   Australian English dictionary

  • hypocorisma — hypocorism /hī pokˈə rizm/ or hypocorisma / izˈmə/ noun 1. (Gr hypokorisma, from hypokorizesthai to use child talk, from koros boy, korē girl) a pet name 2. A diminutive or abbreviated name • • • Main Entry: ↑hypo …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hypocoristic — A hypocoristic, hypocorism, or hypochorisma (from Greek el. ὑποκορίζεσθαι el. hypokorizesthai , to use child talk Oxford English Dictionary, online edition: hypocorism , accessed 2008 06 24] ) is a lesser form of the given name used in more… …   Wikipedia

  • pet name — noun a name of endearment (especially one using a diminutive suffix) Billy is a hypocorism for William • Syn: ↑hypocorism • Hypernyms: ↑name * * * n diminutive, endearment, term of endearment, nickname FORMAL …   Useful english dictionary

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