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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nickname \Nick"name`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nicknamed; p. pr. & vb. n. Nicknaming.] To give a nickname to; to call by a nickname. [1913 Webster] You nickname virtue; vice you should have spoke. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I altogether disclaim what has been nicknamed the doctrine of finality. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]