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English noun: nickname

1. nickname (communication) a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)

SamplesJoe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph.
Henry's nickname was Slim.

Synonymsbyname, cognomen, moniker, sobriquet, soubriquet

Broader (hypernym)appellation, appellative, denomination, designation

2. nickname (communication) a descriptive name for a place or thing

SamplesThe nickname for the U.S. Constitution is `Old Ironsides'.

Broader (hypernym)name

English verb: nickname

1. nickname (communication) give a nickname to

ExamplesThey nickname him "Bobby"


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)call, name

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