from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A descriptive name added to or replacing the actual name of a person, place, or thing.
- n. A familiar or shortened form of a proper name.
- transitive v. To give a nickname to.
- transitive v. Archaic To call by an incorrect name; misname.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A familiar, invented given name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing.
- n. A kind of byname that describes a person by a characteristic of that person.
- v. To give a nickname to (a person or thing).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A name given in affectionate familiarity, sportive familiarity, contempt, or derision; a familiar or an opprobrious appellation.
- transitive v. To give a nickname to; to call by a nickname.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to a person in contempt, derision, or reproach; an opprobrious or contemptuous appellation.
- n. A familiar or diminutive name.
- To give a nickname to.
- To apply a familiar or diminutive name to: as, John, nicknamed Jack.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)
- n. a descriptive name for a place or thing
- v. give a nickname to
Middle English neke name, from a neke name, alteration of an eke name : eke, addition (from Old English ēaca; see aug- in Indo-European roots) + name, name; see name.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English nekename ("nickname"), alteration (due to an incorrect division of the words an ekename as a nekename) of previous ekename ("nickname"), from eke ("also, additional") + name ("name"). Compare Old Norse aukanafn ("nickname") and Low German Ökelname, Ekelname ("nickname"). (Wiktionary)