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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

nickname \nick"name'\, noun [OE. ekename surname, hence, a nickname, an ekename being understood as a nekename, influenced also by E. nick, v. See {Eke}, and {Name}.] A name given in affectionate familiarity, sportive familiarity, contempt, or derision; a familiar or an opprobrious appellation; as, Nicholas's nickname is Nick. [1913 Webster +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Nickname \Nick"name'\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Nicknamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nicknaming}.] To give a nickname to; to call by a nickname.

You nickname virtue; vice you should have spoke. --Shak.

I altogether disclaim what has been nicknamed the doctrine of finality. --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

nickname

noun

1: a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name); "Joe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph"; "Henry's nickname was Slim" [syn: {nickname}, {moniker}, {cognomen}, {sobriquet}, {soubriquet}, {byname}]

2: a descriptive name for a place or thing; "the nickname for the U.S. Constitution is 'Old Ironsides'"

verb

1: give a nickname to [syn: {dub}, {nickname}]


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