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hypocorism

[ hahy-pok-uh-riz-uhm, hi- ]
/ haɪˈpɒk əˌrɪz əm, hɪ- /
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noun

the practice of using a pet name.
the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult.

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Origin of hypocorism

First recorded in 1840–50; from Greek hypokórisma “pet name, endearing name; diminutive (word)”; see origin at hypocoristic, -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for hypocorism

hypocorism
/ (haɪˈpɒkəˌrɪzəm) /

noun

a pet name, esp one using a diminutive affix`` Sally '' is a hypocorism for `` Sarah ''
another word for euphemism (def. 1)

Derived forms of hypocorism

hypocoristic (ˌhaɪpəkɔːˈrɪstɪk), adjectivehypocoristically, adverb

Word Origin for hypocorism

C19: from Greek hupokorisma, from hupokorizesthai to use pet names, from hypo- beneath + korizesthai, from korē girl, koros boy
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