nickname

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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).

For incorrect division, see also apron, newt, orange, umpire, daffodil.

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Noun[edit]

nickname (plural nicknames)

  1. A familiar, invented given name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing.
  2. A kind of byname that describes a person by a characteristic of that person.

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Verb[edit]

nickname (third-person singular simple present nicknames, present participle nicknaming, simple past and past participle nicknamed)

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

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