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hypocoristic

[hahy-puh-kuh-ris-tik, hip-uh-]
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adjective
  1. endearing, as a pet name, diminutive, or euphemism.
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Origin of hypocoristic

1600–10; < Greek hypokoristikós diminutive, equivalent to hypokor(ízesthai) to play the child, call by endearing names (hypo- hypo- + kor- child (Compare kórē girl, kóros boy)) + -istikos -istic
Related formshy·po·co·ris·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for hypocoristic

diminutive, nickname, hypocoristic