Hypocoristic definition

hīpōkəristik, hipōkəristik
Of or being a pet name or a diminutive or term of endearment.
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Relating to a nickname, usually indicating intimacy with the person.
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Relating to baby talk.
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A nickname, especially one indicating intimacy and formed through a shortening of the original name.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hypocoristic
Plural:
hypocoristics

Origin of hypocoristic

  • From Ancient Greek ὑποκοριστικός (hupokoristikos), from ὑποκορίζομαι (hupokorizomai, “I speak in the language of children”), from ὑπό (hupo, “below”) + κορίζομαι (korizomai, “I act like a girl”), from κόρη (korē, “girl”).

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