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English definition of “nickname”

nickname

noun [C]  /ˈnɪkˌneɪm/ us  
an informal name for someone or sometimes something, used esp. to show affection, and often based on the person's name or a characteristic of the person
nickname
verb [T]  /ˈnɪk·neɪm/ us  
He was so optimistic that his staff nicknamed him Twinkletoes.
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