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hypocoristic

[hahy-puh-kuh-ris-tik, hip-uh-] /ˌhaɪ pə kəˈrɪs tɪk, ˌhɪp ə-/
adjective
1.
endearing, as a pet name, diminutive, or euphemism.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Greek hypokoristikós diminutive, equivalent to hypokor(ízesthai) to play the child, call by endearing names (hypo- hypo- + kor- child (Compare kórē girl, kóros boy)) + -istikos -istic
Related forms
hypocoristically, adverb
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