1. [ verb ] give a nickname to
Synonyms: dub
Related terms: name
2. [ noun ] a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)
Synonyms: cognomen sobriquet soubriquet moniker

"Joe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph" "Henry's nickname was Slim"

Related terms: appellation dub
3. [ noun ] a descriptive name for a place or thing

"the nickname for the U.S. Constitution is `Old Ironsides'"

Related terms: name
Similar spelling:   Niskanen