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Hypocoristic \Hyp`o*co*ris"tic\, a. [Gr. ?; ? under + ? to caress.] Endearing; diminutive; as, the hypocoristic form of a name.

The hypocoristic or pet form of William.
--Dr. Murray.


a. 1 Relating to a nickname, usually indicating intimacy with the person. 2 Relating to baby talk. n. A nickname, especially one indicating intimacy and formed through a shortening of the original name.