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Definition of nickname verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

nickname

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈnɪkneɪm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪkneɪm//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nickname
BrE BrE//ˈnɪkneɪm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪkneɪm//
 
he / she / it nicknames
BrE BrE//ˈnɪkneɪmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪkneɪmz//
 
past simple nicknamed
BrE BrE//ˈnɪkneɪmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪkneɪmd//
 
past participle nicknamed
BrE BrE//ˈnɪkneɪmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪkneɪmd//
 
-ing form nicknaming
BrE BrE//ˈnɪkneɪmɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪkneɪmɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] nickname somebody/something + noun to give a nickname to somebody/something She was nicknamed ‘The Ice Queen’. Word Origin late Middle English: from an eke-name (eke meaning ‘addition’), misinterpreted, by wrong division, as a neke name.Extra examples He was nicknamed ‘Stretch’ because he was so tall. His family kept bees, so we nicknamed him ‘Buzz’. Michael Jackson, nicknamed ‘Jacko’
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