Definition for nixie (2 of 2)
noun German Folklore.
Examples from the Web for nixie
Get into the house, Nixie, you crazy pup; you've lost your walk.The Wyndam Girls|Marion Ames Taggart
The teasing motive of the nixie returns while the trumpet sounds a shadowy echo of its phrase, again to dying peal of bells.
The nixie then told Matilda that there was one other way in which the ball could aid her.
The nixie smiled upon her godchild and spoke in a voice like the flowing of cool waters.
On dancing ripples, a nixie is laughing to echoing horns and lures us back to the story.
British Dictionary definitions for nixie
Word Origin for nixie
Word Origin and History for nixie
"water fairy," 1816 (introduced by Sir Walter Scott), from German Nixie, from Old High German nihhussa "water sprite," fem. of nihhus, from Proto-Germanic *nikwiz (cf. Old Norse nykr, Old English nicor "water spirit, water monster," also used to gloss hippopotamus; Grendel's mother in "Beowulf" was a nicor), perhaps from PIE *neigw- "to wash" (cf. Sanskrit nenkti "washes," Greek nizo "I wash," Old Irish nigid "washes").