Meaning of hypocorism

hy•poc•o•rism

Pronunciation: (hī-pok'u-riz"um, hi-), [key]
— n.
  1. a pet name.
  2. the practice of using a pet name.
  3. the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, esp. by an adult.
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