- an additional or substitute name given to a person, place, or thing: usually descriptive and given in fun, affection, or derision, as “Doc,” “Shorty,” etc.
- a familiar, often shorter, form of a proper name, as “Dick” for “Richard”
Origin of nicknamefrom (a)n ekename from Middle English ekename, surname: see eke and name
transitive verb-·named·, -·nam·ing
- to give a nickname to
- Obs. to misname
- A descriptive name added to or replacing the actual name of a person, place, or thing.
- A familiar or shortened form of a proper name.
transitive verbnick·named, nick·nam·ing, nick·names
- To give a nickname to.
- Archaic To call by an incorrect name; misname.
Origin of nicknameMiddle English neke name from a neke name alteration of an eke name eke addition ( from Old English ēaca ; see aug- in Indo-European roots.) name name ; see name .
nickname - Computer Definition
(1) An alternate name used to identify yourself in a chat room.
(2) A shortcut for identifying a recipient in an e-mail address book.