nickname

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v nickname give a nickname to
    • n nickname 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"
    • n nickname a descriptive name for a place or thing "the nickname for the U.S. Constitution is `Old Ironsides'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The nickname for a Japanese businessmen is "Salarymen."
    • n nickname A name given in affectionate familiarity, sportive familiarity, contempt, or derision; a familiar or an opprobrious appellation; as, Nicholas's nickname is Nick.
    • v. t Nickname To give a nickname to; to call by a nickname. "You nickname virtue; vice you should have spoke.""I altogether disclaim what has been nicknamed the doctrine of finality."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: French soldiers during World War I had the nickname "poilu" which translates to "hairy one."
    • n nickname A name given to a person in contempt, derision, or reproach; an opprobrious or contemptuous appellation.
    • n nickname A familiar or diminutive name.
    • nickname To give a nickname to. To call by an improper or opprobrious appellation.
    • nickname To apply a familiar or diminutive name to: as, John, nicknamed Jack.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Boeing 737 is nicknamed the Fat Albert
    • n Nickname nik′nām a name given in contempt or sportive familiarity
    • v.t Nickname to give a nickname to
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Quotations

  • Thomas C. Haliburton
    Thomas C. Haliburton
    “Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “No orator can top the one who can give good nicknames.”
  • Thomas Paine
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    “Titles are but nicknames, and every nickname is a title.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ekename, surname, hence, a nickname, an ekename, being understood as a nekename, influenced also by E. nick, v. See Eke, and Name

Usage

In literature:

At nine years he entered the Annan grammar school, where he was bullied by the older boys, who nicknamed him Tom the Tearful.
"English Literature" by William J. Long
In this there was nothing unusual or worthy of a nickname.
"Birthright" by T.S. Stribling
On reaching the hotel, I found a little man, nicknamed Napoleon, awaiting me.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
And, indeed, "The Free Lance" was a nickname of hers, which she liked rather than disliked.
"The Port of Adventure" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Her comments on people about them, the nicknames she donated to them, convulsed Strong.
"Bambi" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
I think that his name was Joe Warren, but they nicknamed him Black Bill, and everybody called him that.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
It was not an empty nickname, in his case.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
BLUCHER was nicknamed "Marshal Forward" for his dash and readiness in the campaign of 1813.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
We recognize this gift and are proud of our nicknames, when we can get them to suit us.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860" by Various
Old master had nicknames for everybody.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
My mother carried a nickname, Salina, all her life, but her real name was Haria.
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
No wonder they nickname you as they do.
"Kincaid's Battery" by George W. Cable
This had brought on him the nickname of Dr. Bonum Magnum in the time of faction.
"Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character" by Edward Bannerman Ramsay
I am fully aware that I shall be accused of flat Lamarckism, but a nickname is not an argument.
"The Humour of Homer and Other Essays" by Samuel Butler
Answers to the nickname of Fritz Sneddeker.
"Cobwebs From an Empty Skull" by Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
I have invented several insulting nicknames for you.
"Robert Browning" by Edward Dowden
My name was originally Anantya; now all the world call me Betel Anantya, and I will tell you how this nickname arose.
"The Book of Noodles" by W. A. Clouston
This struck me as being a peculiar nickname, but I did not ask its origin.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
His name was Blasius, nicknamed Blasi.
"Veronica And Other Friends" by Johanna (Heusser) Spyri
He had come honestly by his nickname.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
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In poetry:

Oh the enemas of childhood,
reeking of outhouses and shame!
Yet you rock me in your arms
and whisper my nickname.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton
THE SIX month child
Fresh from the tub
Wriggles in our hands.
This is our fish child.
Give her a nickname: Slippery.
"Slippery" by Carl Sandburg
For every stupid dog that drinks
At poet's pond, nicknam'd divine:
Say what he will, I know he thinks
That all he writes is devilish fine!
"To.............: An Impromtu" by Thomas Gent
An' when he gits ter town, yer kno',
He's ruint by de fashuns there;
'Tis "Miss and Madum" So and So;
'Tis Mr. Johnson or 'tis "Square";
Dhey all has nicknames up in town.
"Nicknames" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
“When Lambing Flat broke out,” he said,
“’Mongst others there I knew
A lanky, orkard, Lunnon-bred
Young chap named Johnny Drew,
And nicknamed for his love of bed,
The ‘Sleeping Beauty’ too.
"The Sleeping Beauty" by Henry Lawson
When first the girls nicknamed me "Beau,"
And I was all for dress and show,
I set me out a courting. A romping miss, with heedless art,
First caught, then almost broke, my heart.
Miss Conduct named; we soon did part,
I did not like such spaorting.
"My Mistresses" by Royall Tyler

In news:

The Natchez Democrat reports that Lewis, nicknamed "The Killer," married Judith Brown on March 9.
ST MAARTEN-ST MARTIN — Graced by the nickname of Unspoiled Queen, tiny Saba is not the kind of Caribbean island one stumbles upon by accident.
LOS ANGELES — Matthew Morrison has a nickname on the set of Fox's new musical comedy series, Glee.
The Brit brand was so inspired by Kate Middleton's former nickname "Waity Katie" that they named two limited-edition products after the patient princess-to-be.
Teenage violinist Pippa Jarvis earned the nickname Pipsqueak because she squeaked playing soccer.
For much of his major league career, Al Leiter has gone by a little-known nickname.
9, 2007) Fortuna doesn't always live up to its nickname, "The Friendly City.".
Guess what Bruce Bochy's nickname was as a minor leaguer .
It was Henry Ford's model T – nicknamed the tin lizzie.
This trail lies at about 8,000 feet, hence its nickname as the "8,000 Foot Trail".
The soda's new campaign uses rapper Lil Wayne—known by his nickname 'Weezy'—to help draw more diverse and urban drinkers.
In fact, some of us within TMC have had an affectionate nickname for the old name due to it sounding very close to something X-rated.
True to its nickname sea swallow, this is the smallest tern in the Western Hemisphere.
News Sentinel Archive Grace Moore, opera singer and actress, nicknamed the 'Tennessee Nightingale.'.
Sad news from Panama City, as a three-legged gator affectionately nicknamed "Stumpy" was killed at St Andrews State Park this week.
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In science:

XMM-Newton observations of PSR B0656+14, PSR B1055-52 and Geminga have substantially increased the statistics available for these three isolated neutron stars, so apparently similar to deserve the nickname of “Three Musketeers” (Becker & Tr¨umper, 1997).
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
A set of a number of orbitals equal to the number of occupied states, such as x(cid:48) or y(cid:48) , will be nicknamed a batch of orbitals.
Turbo charging time-dependent density-functional theory with Lanczos chains
The following directives define some format nicknames for use with # a CustomLog directive (see below).
Software Design Document, Testing, Deployment and Configuration Management of the UUIS--a Team 2 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
Three additional models, nicknamed “Models A, A′ and B”, were selected near the centre of this box to play the role of observed stars.
Estimating stellar mean density through seismic inversions
In particular, this adds interest to the pro ject of a Satellite Test of the Equivalence Principle (nicknamed STEP, and currently studied by ESA, NASA and CNES) which aims at probing the universality of free fall of pairs of test masses orbiting the Earth at the (impressive) 10−17 level .
General relativity and experiment
Of the 30 extragalactic ob jects in Messier’s catalogue, only 13 are listed in the Virgo Cluster Catalogue of Binggeli et al.63 . bCharles Messier was nicknamed “le furet des com`etes” by Louis XV. cW.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
The fact that no optical adjustments are necessary earned it the nickname of “plug & play” set-up.
Quantum Cryptography
Between the two platforms, a wooden container nicknamed “igloo ” hosts the electronics and the control systems.
Site testing in summer at Dome C, Antarctica
The authors call these dEdi (perhaps a nickname for a friend who dislikes the given name Daedalus and is slightly capital-challenged).
Astrophysics in 2006
To some this intimate connection to one of the big ”unsolvable” problems is a serious additional argument against any such ideas, nicknamed weak-strong or simply S -dualities, while for the others it can be a source of additional enthusiasm.
Alday-Maldacena duality and AdS Plateau problem
This CAI, nicknamed Inti after the Incan god of the Sun, has been extensively studied (Simon et al. 2008) and exhibit major similarities with usual meteoritic CAIs.
Meteorites and the physico-chemical conditions in the early solar nebula
He used an axiomatic approach and, in fact, has been nicknamed “the Euclid of Relativity” .
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
These equations, that we call coherence equations for triangular cells, are sometimes nicknamed “small and large pocket equations” because of the shapes of the polygons (frames of the fusion graph) involved in their writing.
Notes on TQFT Wire Models and Coherence Equations for SU(3) Triangular Cells
The number of positional measurements of long lived white spots (called “storms”) visible in the South Tropical Zone (nicknamed “storm alley”) is summarized in Table 1 for each apparition.
Contribution of amateur observations to Saturn storm studies
One of the authors has blue eyes in all scopes, but may go by different names, nicknames, in different scopes.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
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