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hypocorism

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noun hy·po·co·rism \hī-ˈpä-kə-ˌri-zəm; ˌhī-pə-ˈkȯr-ˌi-\

Definition of hypocorism

  1. 1 :  a pet name

  2. 2 :  the use of pet names

hy·po·co·ris·tic play \ˌhī-pə-kə-ˈris-tik\ or hy·po·co·ris·ti·cal play \-ti-kəl\ adjective
hy·po·co·ris·ti·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of hypocorism

Late Latin hypocorisma, from Greek hypokorisma, from hypokorizesthai to call by pet names, from hypo- + korizesthai to caress, from koros boy, korē girl


First Known Use: 1850


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