nickname

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English nekename, alteration (due to a rebracketing of an ekename as a nekename) of earlier ekename (nickname), from eke (also, additional) + name (name). Compare Old Norse aukanafn, auknafn, auknefni (nickname), Danish øgenavn (nickname), and Low German Ökelname, Ekelname (nickname).

For other similar cases of incorrect division, see also apron, daffodil, newt, orange, umpire.

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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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