- a letter or parcel that is undeliverable by the post office because of a faulty or illegible address.
Origin of nixie1
- a female water spirit.
Origin of nixie2
Examples from the Web for nixie
Her face was flushed and her nixie eyes were dancing to the mischief she contemplated.An Orkney Maid
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Tom and Nixie departed, followed by praise from all the Wyndhams.
Get into the house, Nixie, you crazy pup; you've lost your walk.
"You mustn't let Nixie bother you; he'll try to be friendly," warned Tom.
Tom—and Nixie, as a matter of course—were due at the apartment that afternoon.
- German myth a female water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans
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").