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[mon-i-ker] /ˈmɒn ɪ kər/
noun, Slang.
a person's name, especially a nickname or alias.
Origin of moniker
1850-55; probably < Shelta mŭnnik name (alleged to be a permutation and extension of Irish ainm name); final -er may represent -er1 or, as a spelling of ə, simply release of the k Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for monicker
Historical Examples
  • But monicker goes to these dances and he says they're right nice.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • Don't sound reasonable, I admit, with a monicker like that, but I let the old boy spin along.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for monicker


(slang) a person's name or nickname
Word Origin
C19: from Shelta munnik, altered from Irish ainm name
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Word Origin and History for monicker

see moniker.



1849, said to be originally a hobo term (but attested in London underclass from 1851), of uncertain origin; perhaps from monk (monks and nuns take new names with their vows, and early 19c. British tramps referred to themselves as "in the monkery"). Its origins seem always to have been obscure:

Sir H. Rawlinson can decipher cuneiform, but can he tell us why "moniker"--the word has a certain Coptic or Egyptian twang--means a name painted on a trunk? ["The Saturday Review," Dec. 19, 1857]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for monicker



(also moniker or monniker or monacer or monica or monaker) A person's name, nickname, alias, etc; handle: His ''monica'' was Skysail Jack/ Ricord picked up a new moniker among US narcotics agents

[1849+ British street talk; origin unknown and very broadly speculated upon; perhaps fr transference fr earlier sense, ''guinea, sovereign,'' when used by hoboes as an identifying mark; perhaps related to the facts that early 1800s British tramps referred to themselves as ''in the monkery,'' that monks and nuns take a new name when they take their vows, and that monaco means ''monk'' in Italian; perhaps, as many believe, an alteration of monogram]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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