nickname

Meanings

Noun

  • A familiar, invented name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing, often based on some noteworthy characteristic.
  • A familiar, shortened or diminutive name for a person or thing.

Verb

  • To give a nickname to (a person or thing).

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Origin

  • From Middle English nekename, alteration (due to a rebracketing of an ekename as a nekename) of earlier ekename, from eke + name. Compare Old Norse aukanafn, auknafn, auknefni, Faroese eyknevni ("nickname"), Danish ├Şgenavn ("nickname"), and German Low German ├ľkelname ("nickname").
  • For other similar cases of incorrect division, see also apron, daffodil, newt, orange, umpire.

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