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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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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 un nicknamed

nickname

n.

mid-15c., misdivision of ekename (c.1300), an eke name, literally "an additional name," from Old English eaca "an increase," related to eacian "to increase" (see eke; also see N). As a verb from 1530s. Related: Nicknamed; nicknaming.

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