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Byword vs. Nickname

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Byword

A proverbial expression; a proverb.
Nov 02, 2020

Nickname

A nickname is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place or thing. Commonly used to express affection, a form of endearment and sometimes amusement, it can also be used to express defamation of character, particularly by school bullies.
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Byword

An often-used word or phrase.
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Nickname

A descriptive name added to or replacing the actual name of a person, place, or thing.
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Byword

One that represents a type, class, or quality
"Polyester got its déclassé reputation in the 1970s after cheap, poorly made double-knit leisure suits became a byword for bad taste" (Fortune).
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Nickname

A familiar or shortened form of a proper name.
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Byword

An object of notoriety or interest
The eccentric poet was a byword in literary circles.
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Nickname

To give a nickname to.
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Byword

An epithet.
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Nickname

(Archaic) To call by an incorrect name; misname.
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Byword

A proverb or proverbial expression, common saying; a frequently used word or phrase.
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Nickname

A familiar, invented name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing, often based on some noteworthy characteristic.
"The Big Apple" is a common nickname for New York City.
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Byword

A characteristic word or expression; a word or phrase associated with a person or group.
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Nickname

A familiar, shortened or diminutive name for a person or thing.
My name is Jonathan, but I go by my nickname, Johnny.
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Byword

Someone or something that stands as an example (i.e. metonymically) for something else, by having some of that something's characteristic traits.
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Nickname

(transitive) To give a nickname to (a person or thing).
Gerald, nicknamed "Jerry", was usually a very cheerful person.
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Byword

An object of notoriety or contempt, scorn or derision.
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Nickname

A name given in affectionate familiarity, sportive familiarity, contempt, or derision; a familiar or an opprobrious appellation; as, Nicholas's nickname is Nick.
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Byword

A nickname or epithet.
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Nickname

To give a nickname to; to call by a nickname.
You nickname virtue; vice you should have spoke.
I altogether disclaim what has been nicknamed the doctrine of finality.
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Byword

A common saying; a proverb; a saying that has a general currency.
I knew a wise man that had it for a byword.
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Nickname

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
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Byword

The object of a contemptuous saying.
Thou makest us a byword among the heathen.
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Nickname

A descriptive name for a place or thing;
The nickname for the U.S. Constitution is `Old Ironsides'
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Byword

A condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
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Nickname

Give a nickname to
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