hypocoristic

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hy·poc·o·rism

 (hī-pŏk′ə-rĭz′əm, hī′pə-kôr′ĭz′əm)
n.
1. A name of endearment; a pet name.
2. The use of such names.

[Late Latin hypocorisma, from Greek hupokorisma, from hupokorizesthai, to call by endearing names : hupo-, beneath, secretly; see hypo- + korizesthai, to caress (from koros, boy or korē, girl; see ker- in Indo-European roots).]

hy′po·co·ris′tic (hī′pə-kə-rĭs′tĭk) adj. & n.
hy′po·co·ris′ti·cal·ly adv.

hy•po•co•ris•tic

(ˌhaɪ pə kəˈrɪs tɪk)

adj.
1. endearing, as a pet name or diminutive.
n.
2. a hypocoristic term; pet name or diminutive.
[1600–10; < Greek hypokoristikós, derivative of hypokorízesthai to call by endearing names =hypo- hypo- + kór(ē) girl, or kór(os) boy + -izesthai -ize; see -istic]
hy`po•co•ris′ti•cal•ly, adv.
References in classic literature ?
Toddles was the pet-name of the boy; Poddles of the girl.