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- adj. Pertaining to a nickname, usually indicating intimacy with the person.
- n. A nickname, especially one indicating intimacy and formed through a shortening of the original name.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Endearing; diminutive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek and Latin grammar, same as diminutive.
From Ancient Greek ὑποκοριστικός (hupokoristikos), from ὑποκορίζομαι (hupokorizomai, "I speak in the language of children"), from ὑπό (hupo, "below") + κορίζομαι (korizomai, "I act like a girl"), from κόρη (korē, "girl"). (Wiktionary)