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nickname

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noun nick·name \ˈnik-ˌnām\

Simple Definition of nickname

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  a usually descriptive name given instead of or in addition to the one belonging to a person, place, or thing

  2. 2 :  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


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nickname

verb nick·name

Simple Definition of nickname

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

Full Definition of nickname

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  misname, miscall

  3. 2 :  to give a nickname to

nick·nam·er noun

1536

First Known Use of nickname

1536



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