Middle English nekename (“nickname”), alteration (due to an incorrect division of the words an ekename as a nekename) of previous ekename (“nickname”), from eke (“also, additional”) + name (“name”). Compare Old Norse aukanafn (“nickname”) and Low German Ökelname, Ekelname (“nickname”).
- IPA: /nɪkneɪm/
nickname (plural nicknames)
- 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.
- (familiar invented given name): handle, hypocoristic, moniker, nick, sobriquet, pet name
- (byname): antonomasia, byname, cognomen
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- (transitive) To give a nickname to (a person or thing).