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  • n  a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)
    Joe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph
    Henry's nickname was Slim
  • n  a descriptive name for a place or thing
    the nickname for the U.S. Constitution is `Old Ironsides'
  • v  give a nickname to

  • He pledged a fraternity, acquired the "Biername" (drinking nickname) of "Toni," and at frothy functions would bang his stein on an oak table in unison with the rest of them.
  • Chicago businesswoman Valerie Jarrett has earned all sorts of nicknames as an aide to President-elect Barack Obama from "First Friend" to "big sister" to "the other half of .
  • No Happiest Mayor a nickname for Las Vegas gladhander Oscar Goodman cavorting about his city, a showgirl on either hip.
News & Articles

  • In Chicago, the 'Blackhawks' nickname isn't a big issue
    Chicago's Indian-head logo and nickname hasn't sparked controversy similar to those in North Dakota and Washington.
    June 19, 2013 - Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
  • Henry Cavill's Old Yearbook Photo and Sweet Dog-Walking Past Revealed!
    Can you believe that Superman used to go by the nickname "Fat Cavill"? An old (and kinda adorable) yearbook photo Henry Cavill from his early teen years found its way...
    June 19, 2013 - E! Online
    CROMWELL -- His nickname is the Belgian Bomber, but Nicolas Colsaerts would like to be known for being more than just a blaster of the golf ball.
    June 18, 2013 - Connecticut Post

  • Scott Horowitz in Forbes
    The nickname I use for the lander is, it's a pickup truck,Horowitz said in a Monday news conference from Houston. "You can put whatever you want in the back. You can take it to wherever you want. So you can deliver cargo, crew, do it...
  • Vice President Dick Cheney in FOXNews
    Most of you knew me long before anyone called me Darth Vader,Cheney said in a speech at The Washington Institute last week. "I've been asked if that nickname bothers me, and the answer is, no. After all, Darth Vader is one of the nicer...
  • Ed Rendell in USA Today
    His NFL nickname, Mad Dog, belied the fact that he was a true gentleman and an accomplished business leader,Gov. Ed Rendell said in a statement. "After retiring from football, he entered the financial services industry with the same...

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