hypocorism

hypocorism

[hahy-pok-uh-riz-uhm, hi-]
noun
1.
a pet name.
2.
the practice of using a pet name.
3.
the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult.

Origin:
1840–50; < Greek hypokórisma pet name. See hypocoristic, -ism

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hypocorism (haɪˈpɒkəˌrɪzəm)
 
n
1.  a pet name, esp one using a diminutive affix: ``Sally'' is a hypocorism for ``Sarah''
2.  another word for euphemism
 
[C19: from Greek hupokorisma, from hupokorizesthai to use pet names, from hypo- beneath + korizesthai, from korē girl, koros boy]
 
hypocoristic
 
adj
 
hypoco'ristically
 
adv

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