name-calling

[neym-kaw-ling]

noun

the use of abusive names to belittle or humiliate another person in a political campaign, an argument, etc.

Nearby words

  1. name syndrome,
  2. name tape,
  3. name the day,
  4. name-brand,
  5. name-caller,
  6. name-drop,
  7. name-dropper,
  8. name-dropping,
  9. nameable,
  10. nameboard

Origin of name-calling

First recorded in 1890–95

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British Dictionary definitions for name-calling

name-calling

noun

verbal abuse, esp as a crude form of argument
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