hypocorism


hy·po·co·rism

noun \hī-ˈpä-kə-ˌri-zəm; ˌhī-pə-ˈkr-ˌi-\

Definition of HYPOCORISM

1
:  a pet name
2
:  the use of pet names
hy·po·co·ris·tic \ˌhī-pə-kə-ˈris-tik\ or hy·po·co·ris·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective
hy·po·co·ris·ti·cal·ly \-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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