Pronunciation: (nik'nām"), [key]
—n., v., -named, -nam•ing.
1. a name added to or substituted for the proper name of a person, place, etc., as in affection, ridicule, or familiarity: He has always loathed his nickname of “Whizzer.”
2. a familiar form of a proper name, as Jim for James and Peg for Margaret.
1. to give a nickname to (a person, town, etc.); call by a nickname.
2. Archaic.to call by an incorrect or improper name; misname.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.