nick·name n. A name given in affectionate familiarity, sportive familiarity, contempt, or derision; a familiar or an opprobrious appellation; as, Nicholas's nickname is Nick.
Nick·name, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nicknamed p. pr. & vb. n. Nicknaming.] To give a nickname to; to call by a nickname.
You nickname virtue; vice you should have spoke. --Shak.
I altogether disclaim what has been nicknamed the doctrine of finality. --Macaulay.
n 1: a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of
a person's given name); "Joe's mother would not use his
nickname and always called him Joseph"; "Henry's
nickname was Slim" [syn: moniker, cognomen, sobriquet,
2: a descriptive name for a place or thing; "the nickname for
the U.S. Constitution is `Old Ironsides'"
v : give a nickname to [syn: dub]