a name added to or substituted for the proper name of a person, place, etc., as in affection, ridicule, or familiarity: He has always loathed his nickname of “Whizzer.”.
a familiar form of a proper name, as Jim for James and Peg for Margaret.
verb (used with object), nicknamed, nicknaming.
to give a nickname to (a person, town, etc.); call by a nickname.
Archaic. to call by an incorrect or improper name; misname.
a familiar, pet, or derisory name given to a person, animal, or place: his nickname was Lefty because he was left-handed
a shortened or familiar form of a person’s name: Joe is a nickname for Joseph
(transitive) to call by a nickname; give a nickname to
mid-15c., misdivision of ekename (c.1300), an eke name, literally “an additional name,” from Old English eaca “an increase,” related to eacian “to increase” (see eke; also see N). As a verb from 1530s. Related: Nicknamed; nicknaming.
- Nick of time
noun the last possible moment; a critical moment Examples I caught the ball in the nick of time. Word Origin 1565; fr. nick ‘notch’
/ˈnɪkˌpɔɪnt/ noun 1. a variant spelling (esp US) of knickpoint
[nik-ee] /ˈnɪk i/ noun 1. a female given name, form of . 2. a male given name, form of .
- Nicky nicky nine doors
/ˈnɪkɪ/ noun 1. (Canadian, informal) the practice of knocking on a door or ringing a doorbell and running away before it is answered