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Byword vs. Nickname

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Bywordnoun

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

Nicknamenoun

A familiar, invented given name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing.

Bywordnoun

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

Nicknamenoun

A kind of byname that describes a person by a characteristic of that person.

Bywordnoun

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

Nicknameverb

(transitive) To give a nickname to (a person or thing).

Bywordnoun

An object of notoriety or contempt, scorn or derision.

Nicknamenoun

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

Bywordnoun

A nickname or epithet.

Nicknameverb

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.’;

Bywordnoun

A common saying; a proverb; a saying that has a general currency.

‘I knew a wise man that had it for a byword.’;

Nicknamenoun

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’;

Bywordnoun

The object of a contemptuous saying.

‘Thou makest us a byword among the heathen.’;

Nicknamenoun

a descriptive name for a place or thing;

‘the nickname for the U.S. Constitution is `Old Ironsides'’;

Bywordnoun

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

Nicknameverb

give a nickname to

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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