Hypocorism meaning

hī-pŏkə-rĭzəm, hīpə-kôrĭzəm
A name of endearment; a pet name.
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The use of such names.
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A term of endearment; a pet name.
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Baby-talk, e.g. bow-wow for dog, choo-choo for train.
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Origin of hypocorism

  • Late Latin hypocorisma from Greek hupokorisma from hupokorizesthai to call by endearing names hupo- beneath, secretly hypo– korizesthai to caress (from koros boy) (or korē girl ker-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Late Latin hypocorisma, a loan from Ancient Greek noun ὑποκόρισμα (hypokórisma) from the verb ὑποκορίζομαι (hypokorízomai, “to talk in a childish manner"). The Ancient Greek verb ὑποκορίζομαι (hypokorízomai) is compounded from ὑπό (hypo-, “under, beneath, secretly") + κορίζομαι (korízomai, “to caress"). In the verb you can see the word κόρος (kóros, “boy") or κόρη (kórÄ“, “girl").

    From Wiktionary