hypocoristic

hypocoristic

[hahy-puh-kuh-ris-tik, hip-uh-]
adjective
endearing, as a pet name, diminutive, or euphemism.

Origin:
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

hypocoristically, adverb
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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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