[hahy-pok-uh-riz-uh m, hi-]
- a pet name.
- the practice of using a pet name.
- the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult.
Origin of hypocorism
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- a pet name, esp one using a diminutive affix`` Sally '' is a hypocorism for `` Sarah ''
- another word for euphemism (def. 1)
C19: from Greek hupokorisma, from hupokorizesthai to use pet names, from hypo- beneath + korizesthai, from korē girl, koros boy
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