Definitions

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  • transitive verb To give a nickname to.

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  • noun archaic, historical A secondary name for a person or thing; a person's surname.
  • noun archaic, historical A nickname.
  • noun Scotland A pseudonym; nom-de-plume.
  • noun paganism A ritual title for a god or goddess used in Heathenry.
  • verb transitive, archaic To assign a byname to.

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  • noun a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)

Etymologies

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From Middle English, equivalent to by- +‎ name. Cognate with Dutch bijnaam ("nickname"), German Beiname ("nickname, epithet").

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