[ hahy-pok-uh-riz-uhm, hi- ]
/ haɪˈpɒk əˌrɪz əm, hɪ- /
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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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Words nearby hypocorism
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British Dictionary definitions for hypocorism
/ (haɪˈpɒkəˌrɪzəm) /
a pet name, esp one using a diminutive affix`` Sally '' is a hypocorism for `` Sarah ''
another word for euphemism (def. 1)
Derived forms of hypocorismhypocoristic (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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