Crossword clues for hypocorism
n. A term of endearment; a pet name.
n. a name of endearment (especially one using a diminutive suffix); "`Billy' is a hypocorism for `William'" [syn: pet name]
A hypocorism (; from Greek, "to use child-talk"), also known as a pet name or calling name, is a shorter or diminutive form of a word or given name, for example, when used in more intimate situations as a nickname or term of endearment. However, shortening of names is certainly not exclusive to terms of affection; indeed, in many cases, a shortened name can also be used to intimidate or humiliate. The ambiguity would need to be clarified by context.