noun nick·name \ˈnik-ˌnām\

: a name (such as “Moose” or “Lady Bird”) that is different from your real name but is what your family, friends, etc., call you when they are talking to you or about you

Full Definition of NICKNAME

:  a usually descriptive name given instead of or in addition to the one belonging to a person, place, or thing
:  a familiar form of a proper name (as of a person or a city)

Examples of NICKNAME

  1. His mother gave him the nickname Winky when he was a baby.
  2. Earvin Magic Johnson got his nickname from the way he handled a basketball.

Origin of NICKNAME

Middle English nekename additional name, alteration (resulting from misdivision of an ekename) of ekename, from eke eke, also + name name
First Known Use: 15th century



: to give (someone) a name that is not that person's real name : to give a nickname to (someone)

Full Definition of NICKNAME

transitive verb
:  to give a nickname to
nick·nam·er noun

First Known Use of NICKNAME



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