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


Also pix·ie·ish, pix·y·ish. 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



noun, plural pix·ies, adjective

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Related Words for pixies

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

Examples from the Web for pixies

Contemporary Examples of pixies

Historical Examples of pixies

  • 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 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 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."

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