Definition of nickname in English:
A familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name.
- There are a lot of different kinds of railway cars, their names and nicknames familiar to most people, but there are only a few that bear the name of their inventor.
- Will had given their proper names, instead of their shortened nicknames.
- Many Vikings also had a nickname which was used instead of their family name.
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Give a nickname to; call by a nickname: his fraternity brothers nicknamed him “The Bird” because of his skydiving skills
More example sentences
- He was nicknamed Starlight because his character changed so much once the stars appeared.
- London has been nicknamed Harare North; Edmonton in Canada has been christened Bulawayo.
- Miss Wilcox had worn the cap almost every day since buying it a year ago and was nicknamed Ted and Edward because of the brand name.
Late Middle English: from an eke-name (eke meaning 'addition': see eke2), misinterpreted, by wrong division, as a neke name.
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