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Main Entry: 1nick·name
Etymology: Middle English nekename
"an additional name," from the phrase an ekename
(misunderstood as being a nekename
), from eke
"something added on" and name
an often descriptive name (as "Shorty" or "Tex") given in addition to the one belonging to an individual2 :
a form of a proper name (as "Billy" for "William") used by family or friendsWord History
The Middle English word eke
meant "something added on." An ekename
was therefore an added name given to a person or place. Many people who heard the phrase "an ekename," however, thought they were hearing "a nekename." Because of that confusion over the course of many years, the word ekename
Later changes in spelling have given us the modern word nickname.