/huy'peuh keuh ris"tik, hip'euh-/, adj.
endearing, as a pet name, diminutive, or euphemism.
[1600-10; < Gk hypokoristikós diminutive, equiv. to hypokor(ízesthai) to play the child, call by endearing names (hypo- HYPO- + kor- child (Compare KÓRE girl, kóros boy)) + -istikos -ISTIC]

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