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pixie

[pik-see]
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noun
  1. a fairy or sprite, especially a mischievous one.
  2. a small, pert, or mischievous person.
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adjective
  1. Also pix·ie·ish, pix·y·ish. playfully impish or mischievous; prankish: pixie mood; a pixie sense of humor.
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Origin of pixie

First recorded in 1620–30; orig. dial. (SW England) pixy, pigsy, pisky; origin uncertain
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Related Words

leprechaun, gremlin, puck, elf, brownie, imp, goblin, spirit, gnome, fay, hob, sprite, bogie

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British Dictionary definitions for pixie

pixie

pixy

noun plural pixies
  1. (in folklore) a fairy or elf
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Word Origin

C17: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for pixie

n.

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."

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