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Grim would be, I suppose, a sobriquet for your grandfather, based on his demeanor.
Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  a nickname — especially a humorous one
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  • Grim would be, I suppose, a sobriquet for your grandfather, based on his demeanor.
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • Now, it wasn’t as if I held my phone in my sweaty hand all day, staring at it while wearing my Special Yellow Dress, patiently waiting for my gentleman caller to live up to his sobriquet.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • In fact, even in their absence they could not be spoken of too harshly unless we used the sobriquet "They."
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He had been woefully unprepared to lead an Arctic expedition, and upon returning to England, he was known as the Man Who Ate His Shoes, yet the sobriquet was uttered more often with awe than with ridicule.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • ’Pink-your-Doublet’ and ’Slit-your-Trunk’ Are their gentlest sobriquets; With Fame and Glory their soul is drunk!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The sobriquet of La Carconte had been bestowed on Madeleine Radelle from the fact that she had been born in a village, so called, situated between Salon and Lambesc; and as a custom existed among the inhabitants of that part of France where Caderousse lived of styling every person by some particular and distinctive appellation, her husband had bestowed on her the name of La Carconte in place of her sweet and euphonious name of Madeleine, which, in all probability, his rude gutteral…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Mr. Dawkin’s appearance did not say a vast deal in favour of the comforts which his patron’s interest obtained for those whom he took under his protection; but, as he had a rather flightly and dissolute mode of conversing, and furthermore avowed that among his intimate friends he was better known by the sobriquet of ’The Artful Dodger,’ Oliver concluded that, being of a dissipated and careless turn, the moral precepts of his benefactor had hitherto been thrown away upon him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He had nicknamed a particularly tyrannical, humorless, and rosy steward "Pink Whiskers," a sobriquet that was soon used by all the jockeys.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The Silent Monk of Covert Operations had been the sobriquet given him by his colleagues in the intelligence community.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • All those who are interested in the spread of human culture among the lower animals (and their name is legion) should make a point of not missing the really marvellous exhibition of cynanthropy given by the famous old Irish red setter wolfdog formerly known by the sobriquet of Garryowen and recently rechristened by his large circle of friends and acquaintances Owen Garry.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • He was comely in countenance, bulky and strong in person, and in the flower of his age—yet inanimate in expression, dull-eyed, heavy-browed, inactive and sluggish in all his motions, and so slow in resolution, that the soubriquet of one of his ancestors was conferred upon him, and he was very generally called Athelstane the Unready.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • How well the sobriquet was merited will be seen in the sequel.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Sobriquets of endearment perhaps?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The moment she heard the last sobriquet she clasped her hands eagerly and repeated the word "Pathfinder!"
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • One was Colonel Jones, a noted plainsman, who in the near future was to earn the sobriquet "Buffalo Jones," not like his contemporary, Buffalo Bill, for destroying buffalo, but for preserving calves to form the nucleus of a herd.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • However that might be, it is certain that shortly after the accident referred to, which was coincident with the arrival of an awakening Methodist preacher at Treddleston, a great change had been observed in the brickmaker; and though he was still known in the neighbourhood by his old sobriquet of "Brimstone," there was nothing he held in so much horror as any further transactions with that evil-smelling element.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • No wonder that in France the SOBRIQUET of the mysterious Englishman roused in the people a superstitious shudder.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • He had fled, discharging at them a sobriquet, like a Parthian dart.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Sobriquet means ’nickname,’ and demeanor means ’expression.’
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • It was how he got the sobriquet of Saint Alex of Conklin.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • For the first time, also, he was conscious of some irreverence in designating that stranger, even in his secret thoughts, by the sobriquet of M. le Blanc.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • [35] Merlan: a sobriquet given to hairdressers because they are white with powder.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • An artistic sobriquet!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ’Pink-your-Doublet’ and ’Slit-your-Trunk,’ In brawl and skirmish they show their spunk, Give rendezvous in broil and fray; ’Pink-your-Doublet’ and ’Slit-your-Trunk’ Are their gentlest sobriquets!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Thenardier’s well-grounded observation still further obscured for Marius the dense mystery which enveloped that grave and singular person on whom Courfeyrac had bestowed the sobriquet of Monsieur Leblanc.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • No one was sure whether he had a name, Claquesous being a sobriquet; none was sure that he had a voice, as his stomach spoke more frequently than his voice; no one was sure that he had a face, as he was never seen without his mask.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The first youth who presented himself for the trial was called The Raven, having as yet had no opportunity of obtaining a more warlike sobriquet.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • As for the Deerslayer, under the sobriquet of Hawkeye, he made his fame spread far and near, until the crack of his rifle became as terrible to the ears of the Mingos as the thunders of the Manitou.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • A far nobler name would long since have fallen to his share, had not a French-man of rank inadvertently given him this sobriquet, which he religiously preserved as coming from his Great Father who lived beyond the Wide Salt Lake.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • His real name was Henry March but the frontiersmen having caught the practice of giving sobriquets from the Indians, the appellation of Hurry was far oftener applied to him than his proper designation, and not unfrequently he was termed Hurry Skurry, a nickname he had obtained from a dashing, reckless offhand manner, and a physical restlessness that kept him so constantly on the move, as to cause him to be known along the whole line of scattered habitations that lay between the…
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • —THE CONJUNCTION OF TWO STARS CHAPTER I. THE SOBRIQUET: MODE OF FORMATION OF FAMILY NAMES Marius was, at this epoch, a handsome young man, of medium stature, with thick and intensely black hair, a lofty and intelligent brow, well-opened and passionate nostrils, an air of calmness and sincerity, and with something indescribably proud, thoughtful, and innocent over his whole countenance.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • His mother was named Jeanne Mathieu; his father was called Jean Valjean or Vlajean, probably a sobriquet, and a contraction of viola Jean, "here’s Jean.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • …with many of the excesses committed by his parties, he was generally considered in the American provinces a wretch who delighted in bloodshed, and who found his greatest happiness in tormenting the helpless and the innocent; and the name of Sanglier, which was a sobriquet of his own adopting, or of Flint Heart, as he was usually termed on the borders, had got to be as terrible to the women and children of that part of the country as those of Butler and Brandt became at a later day.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • [It is singular there should be any question concerning the origin of the well-known sobriquet of "Yankees."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • "The pale-face cur begins to put his tail between his legs!" cried a young and garrulous savage, who bore the appropriate title of the Corbeau Rouge; a sobriquet he had gained from the French by his facility in making unseasonable noises, and an undue tendency to hear his own voice; "he is no warrior; he has killed the Loup Cervier when looking behind him not to see the flash of his own rifle.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • " "A sobriquet," observes the captain, "for which I can find no parallel in history since the days of ’Charles the Bald.
    Irving, Washington  --  The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West
  • Usually he saw things long before others were aware that there was anything to see—a trait that had won for him the sobriquet of Hawk.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Son Of Tarzan
  • When I had come close enough to Jubal to distinguish his features I understood how it was that he had earned the sobriquet of Ugly One.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  At the Earth’s Core
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