nickname nickname




  1. a name added to or substituted for the proper name of a person, place, etc., as in affection, ridicule, or familiarity: He has always loathed his nickname of “Whizzer.”
  2. a familiar form of a proper name, as Jim for James and Peg for Margaret.

verb (used with object), nick·named, nick·nam·ing.

  1. to give a nickname to (a person, town, etc.); call by a nickname.
  2. Archaic. to call by an incorrect or improper name; misname.


  1. a familiar, pet, or derisory name given to a person, animal, or placehis nickname was Lefty because he was left-handed
  2. a shortened or familiar form of a person’s nameJoe is a nickname for Joseph


  1. (tr) to call by a nickname; give a nickname to

mid-15c., misdivision of ekename (c.1300), an eke name, literally “an additional name,” from Old English eaca “an increase,” related to eacian “to increase” (see eke; also see N). As a verb from 1530s. Related: Nicknamed; nicknaming.

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