nickname
I. noun Etymology: Middle English nekename additional name, alteration (resulting from misdivision of an ekename) of ekename, from eke eke, also + name name Date: 15th century 1. a usually descriptive name given instead of or in addition to the one belonging to a person, place, or thing 2. a familiar form of a proper name (as of a person or a city) II. transitive verb Date: 1536 1. misname, miscall 2. to give a nickname to • nicknamer noun

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  • Nickname — Nick name , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nicknamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nicknaming}.] To give a nickname to; to call by a nickname. [1913 Webster] You nickname virtue; vice you should have spoke. Shak. [1913 Webster] I altogether disclaim what has been… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nickname — ick name , n. [OE. ekename surname, hence, a nickname, an ekename being understood as a nekename, influenced also by E. nick, v. See {Eke}, and {Name}.] A name given in affectionate familiarity, sportive familiarity, contempt, or derision; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nickname — ► NOUN ▪ a familiar or humorous name for a person or thing. ► VERB ▪ give a nickname to. ORIGIN from an eke name (eke meaning «addition»: see EKE(Cf. ↑eke)), misinterpreted (by wrong division) as a neke name …   English terms dictionary

  • nickname — [nik′nām΄] n. [< (a)n ekename < ME ekename, surname: see EKE1 & NAME] 1. an additional or substitute name given to a person, place, or thing: usually descriptive and given in fun, affection, or derision, as “Doc,” “Shorty,” etc. 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • nickname — index cognomen, sobriquet Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • nickname — (n.) mid 15c., misdivision of ekename (c.1300), an eke name, lit. an additional name, from O.E. eaca an increase, related to eacian to increase (see EKE (Cf. eke); also see N (Cf. N)). As a verb from 1530s. Related: Nicknamed; nicknaming …   Etymology dictionary

  • nickname — /ingl. ˈnɪkneɪm/ [vc. ingl., «soprannome»] s. m. inv. (elab., in chat o forum) soprannome, pseudonimo …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • nickname — (izg. nȉknējm) m DEFINICIJA v. nick ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • nickname — [n] informal title appellation, byname, byword, denomination, diminutive, epithet, familiar name, handle*, label, moniker, pet name*, sobriquet, style, tag*; concepts 268,683 …   New thesaurus

  • Nickname — Short name redirects here. For the term as it applies to legislation, see short title. Map of the United States showing the state nicknames as hogs. Lithograph by Mackwitz, St. Louis, 1884 …   Wikipedia

  • nickname —    People are often addressed by a nickname in English speaking countries, a nickname being an extra, unofficial name, not formally given by the parents or legally adopted by the person who bears it. In fifty sample novels, for example, where a… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

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