Definition of namecheck in English:



  • A public mention or listing of the name of a person or thing, especially in acknowledgement or for publicity purposes.

    • ‘The Greens got a namecheck, but other doors looked open.’
    • ‘Wonder when that last got a namecheck in the paper?’
    • ‘If your question is picked, you win a signed poster from the girls themselves and a namecheck on the CD!’
    • ‘I'm off to turn on Radio 4 and listen out for a namecheck.’
    • ‘If you want to win a flippant and pointless namecheck in my blog please tell me: what is this building pictured below?’
    • ‘And thanks for the namecheck and everything on that fortnight dating theory, but I never said that.’
    • ‘So does the faded Hollywood actor know about his namecheck?’
    • ‘The fact that I focused on soaring house prices, vibrant nightlife, and beacon primary schools ensured that I didn't earn one quote or namecheck in the next day's papers.’
    • ‘The first namecheck in pop, surely, for the rival Yorkshire town.’
    • ‘Of course, on the other hand, we might get bored and drop the whole contest, but we'll give a namecheck and plug to all the entries.’
    • ‘If you know me and you want a namecheck too, just send me five crisp £10 notes in a sealed envelope and I'll do the rest.’
    • ‘While we're in the Philly area, it keeps occurring to me that he seems to get a lot of namechecks yet I've never investigated his music.’
    • ‘Oh - and if you hear anything you think I might like, I would love if you gave me a heads up, either through the gift of mp3 or simply a namecheck.’


  • Publicly mention or list the name of.

    ‘he namechecks a legion of producers and DJs’
    • ‘When they began researching the project, they discovered that of all British cities, only London was namechecked more frequently in song titles than Belfast.’
    • ‘Anyone who was anyone was namechecked in it, which may account for my absence.’
    • ‘I don't think I'm being unfair to her majesty when I say this isn't a language I'd expect her to understand, still less namecheck as a national boon.’
    • ‘He tells little of his Jewish childhood, and once based in New York prefers namechecking the books he read to the women he befriended.’
    • ‘But then I did just namecheck Coe which negates that thought.’
    • ‘He namechecked Petrov and could be seen before the game in a long discussion with the Bulgarian.’
    • ‘We could namecheck all day long if we wanted, but that would be missing the point.’
    • ‘He has pretensions to be a serious novelist but mostly confines himself to namechecking Nineteen Eighty-Four and Darkness At Noon.’
    • ‘We might suppose that since the current minister now namechecks sport first with culture as the afterthought in his portfolio, that the new billing reflects his own priorities.’
    • ‘He was namechecking Russian writers in song lyrics.’
    • ‘Sunday I was married to the lovely Emily, whom I occasionally namecheck in these entries and who is wonderful beyond words.’
    • ‘Funk songs used to pay homage to those who had died, but now it is fashionable to namecheck those still alive.’
    • ‘There's an uncomfortable encounter in Mile End Park on page 86, a flat in the Roman Road on page 247 - in fact the book namechecks half the places I've featured in the last month.’
    • ‘‘In the 1960s everything that was coming out of the UK was considered as cool,’ he says, namechecking the first wave of Cool Britannia.’
    • ‘Eminem does more of the same as he kills people, swears, and namechecks celebrities.’
    • ‘He gets to namecheck an icon and wear his obscure cool like a sew-on badge.’
    • ‘One story is namechecked outright, and the show is used as shorthand for ‘strange events are happening’ a few times.’
    • ‘California, Tampa, Cuba are all namechecked, with the bus stop and the Greyhound imagined as gateways of escape.’
    • ‘By contrast, the people he namechecks are far more flexible actors.’
    • ‘This is the operation he will later replicate at home, without crediting or namechecking its inventors.’