- 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 nickname; from (a)n ekename ; from Middle English ekename, surname: see eke and amp; name
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present nicknames, present participle nicknaming, simple past and past participle nicknamed)
- To give a nickname to (a person or thing).
Middle English nekename (“nickname”), alteration (due to an incorrect division of the words an ekename as a nekename) of previous ekename (“nickname”), from eke (“also, additional”) + name (“name”). Compare Old Norse aukanafn (“nickname”) and Low German Ökelname, Ekelname (“nickname”).
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.