From Middle English nekename, alteration (due to a rebracketing of an ekename as a nekename) of earlier ekename (“nickname”), from eke (“also, additional”) + name (“name”). Compare Old Norse aukanafn, auknafn, auknefni (“nickname”), Danish øgenavn (“nickname”), and German Low German Ökelname (“nickname”).
nickname (plural nicknames)
- A familiar, invented name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing, often based on some noteworthy characteristic.
- "The Big Apple" is a common nickname for New York City.
- A familiar, shortened or diminutive name for a person or thing.
- My name is Jonathan, but I go by my nickname, Johnny.
Nicknames are often given in quotation marks between the first and last names. For example: Sammy "The Bull" Gravano.
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- (transitive) To give a nickname to (a person or thing).
- Gerald, nicknamed "Jerry", was usually a very cheerful person.