Nick name

nickname

[nik-neym]
noun
1.
a name added to or substituted for the proper name of a person, place, etc., as in affection, ridicule, or familiarity: He has always loathed his nickname of “Whizzer.”
2.
a familiar form of a proper name, as Jim for James and Peg for Margaret.
verb (used with object), nicknamed, nicknaming.
3.
to give a nickname to (a person, town, etc.); call by a nickname.
4.
Archaic. to call by an incorrect or improper name; misname.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English nekename, for ekename (the phrase an ekename being taken as a nekename). See eke2, name; cf. newt

nicknamer, noun
unnicknamed, adjective
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nickname (ˈnɪkˌneɪm)
 
n
1.  a familiar, pet, or derisory name given to a person, animal, or place: his nickname was Lefty because he was left-handed
2.  a shortened or familiar form of a person's name: Joe is a nickname for Joseph
 
vb
3.  (tr) to call by a nickname; give a nickname to
 
[C15 a nekename, mistaken division of an ekename an additional name, from eke addition + name]

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nickname
1440, misdivision of ekename (c.1300), an eke name, lit. "an additional name," from O.E. eaca "an increase," related to eacian "to increase" (see eke).
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