verb (used with object), nick·named, nick·nam·ing.
Origin of nickname
Examples from the Web for nickname
My nickname was Captain, though I was a private, first class.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His nickname, given to him at the Battle of Gettysburg and which he kept for the rest of his life, was Stonewall Jim.
He even allegedly had a nickname for his violent, aggressive alter ego: Rick.Creed Singer Scott Stapp’s Fall From Grace: From 40 Million Albums Sold to Living in a Holiday Inn|Marlow Stern|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mamoru taunts Usagi by giving her the nickname “dumpling head.”‘Sailor Moon’ Is an Oasis for Superheroes Who Can Save the Universe in Heels|Rich Goldstein|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her “little bird” may have been The3Pr0, the nickname for the many cybersecurity experts believe is the founder of SEA.
You may call it sentimentality or any other nickname you like.The Woman in Black|Edmund Clerihew Bentley
His open hands had won for this remarkable tenor the nickname, Cinque e cinque fanno dieci!My Recollections|Jules Massenet
"Scissors" Dempsey had come by his nickname because of a peculiar trick he had of keeping his knees stiff when walking.The Banner Boy Scouts|George A. Warren
He grew widely known in the neighborhood under his nickname.The Lock And Key Library|Various
Morshead may be the nickname of mine host of the Saracen's Head or may mean the end of the moor.The Romance of Names|Ernest Weekley
British Dictionary definitions for nickname
Word Origin for nickname
Word Origin and History for nickname
mid-15c., misdivision of ekename (c.1300), an eke name, literally "an additional name," from Old English eaca "an increase," related to eacian "to increase" (see eke; also see N). As a verb from 1530s. Related: Nicknamed; nicknaming.