Nickname meaning

nĭknām
To give a nickname to.
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An additional or substitute name given to a person, place, or thing.
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A descriptive name added to or replacing the actual name of a person, place, or thing.
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(archaic) To call by an incorrect name; misname.
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A familiar, often shorter, form of a proper name, as “Dick” for “Richard”
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(1) An alternate name used to identify yourself in a chat room.
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A familiar or shortened form of a proper name.
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To give a nickname to.
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(obs.) To misname.
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Origin of nickname

  • Middle English neke name from a neke name alteration of an eke name eke addition (from Old English ēaca aug- in Indo-European roots) name name name

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