- 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