Definition of pixie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪksi/

noun (plural pixies)

1 (also pixy) A supernatural being in folklore and children’s stories, typically portrayed as small and human-like in form, with pointed ears and a pointed hat.
Example sentences
  • It's very clever for a story that's set in a parallel dimension inhabited by elves, pixies, unicorns and griffins!
  • In folklore, pixies play cheeky tricks on humans; they are annoying perhaps, but ultimately harmless.
  • I'm a lot more interested in the time tree model where we are just a single growing and evolving organism, with no dependency on aliens or magic pixies turning up further down the line with sweets if we do well for ourselves.
2 short for pixie cut. do you think she should grow out her hair or keep her pixie?
More example sentences
  • Short, sideswept bangs look amazing with a pixie.
  • I planned on chopping off my just-past-shoulder-length hair to a pixie.
  • Although she appears to have a messy chopped pixie, her hair is actually very carefully cut and precisely sculpted.



Example sentences
  • She was very cute, with an almost pixyish face and a mischievous smile evident even while she slept.
  • Her slight frame and elfin appearance suggested a coy, pixieish quality but her work revealed wit and tough-minded resourcefulness.
  • Short and stocky, a shopworn wool sweater carelessly worn backwards on occasion, Bob displayed an almost pixyish quality that was only enhanced by his lilting, Gaelic turn of phrase and charming absent-mindedness.


Mid 17th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with pixie

dixie, tricksy, Trixie

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