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[mon-i-ker] /ˈmɒn ɪ kər/
noun, Slang.
a person's name, especially a nickname or alias.
Origin of moniker
1850-55; probably < Shelta mŭnnik name (alleged to be a permutation and extension of Irish ainm name); final -er may represent -er1 or, as a spelling of ə, simply release of the k Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for moniker


(slang) a person's name or nickname
Word Origin
C19: from Shelta munnik, altered from Irish ainm name
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Word Origin and History for moniker

1849, said to be originally a hobo term (but attested in London underclass from 1851), of uncertain origin; perhaps from monk (monks and nuns take new names with their vows, and early 19c. British tramps referred to themselves as "in the monkery"). Its origins seem always to have been obscure:

Sir H. Rawlinson can decipher cuneiform, but can he tell us why "moniker"--the word has a certain Coptic or Egyptian twang--means a name painted on a trunk? ["The Saturday Review," Dec. 19, 1857]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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