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nickname

[nik-neym] /ˈnɪkˌneɪm/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English nekename, for ekename (the phrase an ekename being taken as a nekename). See eke2, name; cf. newt
Related forms
nicknamer, noun
unnicknamed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nick name

nickname

/ˈnɪkˌneɪm/
noun
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
verb
3.
(transitive) to call by a nickname; give a nickname to
Word Origin
C15 a nekename, mistaken division of an ekename an additional name, from eke addition + name
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Word Origin and History for nick name
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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