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"nickname" in British English

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nicknamenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈnɪk.neɪm/
B1 an ​informalname for someone or something, ​especially a ​name that you are called by ​yourfriends or ​family, usually ​based on ​yourrealname or ​yourcharacter: We always use the nickname Beth for ​ourdaughter Elizabeth. "Darwin" was the nickname he was given at high ​school, because of his ​interest in ​science.

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  • Do you have any nicknames?
  • As a ​child, he was given the nickname 'Brackets' because of his ​bandylegs.
  • We all had nicknames at ​school.
nickname
verb [T + obj + noun ] uk   us  
The ​campsite has been nicknamed "​tentcity" by ​visitingreporters.
(Definition of nickname from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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nicknamenoun [C]

 us   /ˈnɪkˌneɪm/
an ​informalname 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]  us   /ˈnɪk·neɪm/
He was so ​optimistic that his ​staff nicknamed him Twinkletoes.
(Definition of nickname from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “nickname”
in Korean 별명…
in Arabic كُنْية, لَقَب…
in Malaysian nama timangan…
in French surnom…
in Russian прозвище, кличка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 外號, 綽號, 諢名…
in Italian soprannome…
in Turkish lakap, takma ad…
in Polish przydomek, przezwisko…
in Spanish apodo…
in Vietnamese biệt danh…
in Portuguese apelido…
in Thai ชื่อเล่น…
in German der Spitzname…
in Catalan sobrenom…
in Japanese あだ名…
in Chinese (Simplified) 外号, 绰号, 诨名…
in Indonesian julukan…
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