- a dwarf or sprite.
- a conventionalized literary representation of this figure as a little old man who will reveal the location of a hidden crock of gold to anyone who catches him.
Origin of leprechaun
Examples from the Web for leprechaun
Entertainment Weekly named this 2003 movie, the sixth in the Leprechaun series, one of the 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made.10 Movies Too Awful for the Theater
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March 28, 2009
A new light of respect and fear came into the Leprechaun's eyes.
In a trice the Phoenix had pounced on the Leprechaun and pinned him to the ground.
The Leprechaun's fright was so genuine now that the Phoenix relented and let him go.
And so you call my son a leprechaun, and he has legs like raipin' hooks!Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories
But there are some say "No, that is not the Amadn-na-Briona, that is the leprechaun."
- (in Irish folklore) a mischievous elf, often believed to have a treasure hoard
Word Origin and History for leprechaun
c.1600, from Irish lupracan, metathesis from Old Irish luchorpan literally "a very small body," from lu "little" (from PIE *legwh- "having little weight;" see light (adj.)) + corpan, diminutive of corp "body," from Latin corpus "body" (see corporeal). Commonly spelled lubrican in 17c. English. Leithbragan is Irish folk etymology, from leith "half" + brog "brogue," because the spirit was "supposed to be always employed in making or mending a single shoe."