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hypocoristic

[ hahy-puh-kuh-ris-tik, hip-uh- ]
/ ˌhaɪ pə kəˈrɪs tɪk, ˌhɪp ə- /
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adjective
endearing, as a pet name, diminutive, or euphemism.
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Origin of hypocoristic

First recorded in 1600–10; from Greek hypokoristikós “diminutive,” equivalent to hypokor(ízesthai) “to play the child, call by endearing names” (hypo- “under” + kor- “child”; compare kórē “girl,” kóros “boy”) + -istikos adjective suffix; see hypo-, -istic

OTHER WORDS FROM hypocoristic

hy·po·co·ris·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use hypocoristic in a sentence

  • The Greek language has the word hypocorisma, meaning a term of endearment, and the adjective hypocoristic.

    Opuscula|Robert Gordon Latham
  • Now, clean-ness, or neat-ness, is one of the elements that make hypocoristic terms (or terms of endearment) applicable.

    Opuscula|Robert Gordon Latham
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