pixie

[ pik-see ]
/ ˈpɪk si /

noun

a fairy or sprite, especially a mischievous one.
a small, pert, or mischievous person.

adjective

Also pix·ie·ish, pix·y·ish. playfully impish or mischievous; prankish: pixie mood; a pixie sense of humor.

Nearby words

  1. piwakawaka,
  2. pix,
  3. pixel,
  4. pixelate,
  5. pixelation,
  6. pixilated,
  7. pixilation,
  8. pixy,
  9. piyyut,
  10. pizaine

Origin of pixie

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pixieish

pixie

pixy

/ (ˈpɪksɪ) /

noun plural pixies

(in folklore) a fairy or elf

Word Origin for pixie

C17: of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for pixieish

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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