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[pik-see] /ˈpɪk si/
a fairy or sprite, especially a mischievous one.
a small, pert, or mischievous person.
Also, pixieish, pixyish. playfully impish or mischievous; prankish:
pixie mood; a pixie sense of humor.
Origin of pixie
First recorded in 1620-30; orig. dial. (SW England) pixy, pigsy, pisky; origin uncertain


[pik-see] /ˈpɪk si/
noun, plural pixies, adjective
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  • You shall see that Biggy Slymousie is no small affair when it comes to fighting pixies.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
  • In Devonshire the flowers of Stitchwort are known as pixies.

  • These pixies will be down upon our camp to-morrow at the furthest.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
  • As she was returning, she heard the pixies debating about what they would do to punish the other.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • We could see Spite the Spy directing affairs; and soon a large boat shot out from the banks full of armed pixies.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
British Dictionary definitions for pixies


noun (pl) pixies
(in folklore) a fairy or elf
Word Origin
C17: of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pixies



c.1630, of obscure origin, perhaps from or relatred to Swedish dialect pyske "small fairy," but West County origin suggests ultimate source in Cornwall and thus something Celtic. Earliest references were in pixy-path "bewilderment," literally "path on which one is led astray by pixies," and pixie-led "lost."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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