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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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  • But to see these—why, it is like the shepherd's glimpse at the pixies!

    The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte M. Yonge
  • In Devonshire the flowers of Stitchwort are known as pixies.

  • As she was returning, she heard the pixies debating about what they would do to punish the other.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • "So, you don't think he's carr'd away by the pixies, then," said Mrs. Trenow.

    The Wizard of West Penwith William Bentinck Forfar
  • They believed that the pixies went to dance there whenever the moon was full.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
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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