Definition of hypocoristic in English:

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hypocoristic

Pronunciation: /ˌhīpəkəˈristik/

adjective

Denoting, or of the nature of, a pet name or diminutive form of a name.
Example sentences
  • The hypocoristic types differ both in their affective/emotive connotations and in who uses them.
  • Consider the hypocoristic data in representing a common pattern in Arabic.
  • When one needs to call a young child, the hypocoristic form of the mother's name is used, e.g. ishaVeneth ‘Little Beneth’.

noun

A hypocoristic name or form.
Example sentences
  • This list tends to exclude these more obvious hypocoristics and focus on other kinds.
  • We will return to this problem after considering the general structural constraints on hypocoristics.
  • These formations are of a different type than the hypocoristics discussed in Benua under Output-Output constraints.

Derivatives

hypocorism

Pronunciation: /hīˈpäkəˌrizəm/ /hi-/
noun
Example sentences
  • ‘Bill’ was not used as a hypocorism during the Middle Ages and so the surname ‘Bill’ is not involved.
  • The suffix o/a attaches to Pilipin - before the hypocorism to o/ay.
  • A hypocoristic (or hypocorism) is a lesser form of the given name used in more intimate situations, as a term of endearment, a pet name.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek hupokorisma, from hupokorizesthai 'play the child', from hupo 'under' + korē 'child'.

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