Part of speech: verb

To give a nickname to.

Part of speech: noun

A familiar name given in derision or compliment.

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Usage examples "nickname":

  1. When Sister Angelica called her by her nickname instead of by the Asylum number, Flibbertigibbet knew she was in high favor. - "Flamsted quarries", Mary E. Waller.
  2. " It's a sort of nickname for him," explained Winona. - "The Wrong Twin", Harry Leon Wilson.
  3. In the first place, he could smell powder a league off, and took wing at the sound of a musket; secondly, the nickname was based on an innocent military pun, which his position in the regiment warranted. - "Juana", Honore de Balzac.