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[mon-i-ker] /ˈmɒn ɪ kər/
noun, Slang.
a person's name, especially a nickname or alias.
Also, monicker.
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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Examples for moniker
  • Frequent poster under another moniker for anonymity.
  • Hunter-gatherers' practice of scouring surroundings for edible plants is responsible for only half of their moniker.
  • As its moniker suggests, this small fish is something of a puzzle.
  • It's a popular moniker of cubital tunnel syndrome-neuritis, or inflammation of the ulnar nerve.
  • The catchier moniker came to him in a moment of inspiration on the subway, he says.
  • Neither a century nor a lustrum is typically graced with any special moniker.
  • The moniker is given to the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox.
  • It didn't even have to have a fanciful moniker that trips off the tongue and cutely embeds a synonym for friend.
  • The editors do a great disservice to the well established moniker of this magazine.
  • These are a bit thinner and lighter thus the minimalist moniker.
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").
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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