pixie

noun
pix·​ie | \ ˈpik-sē How to pronounce pixie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pixy
plural pixies

Definition of pixie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fairy specifically : a cheerful mischievous sprite
2 : a usually petite vivacious woman or girl
3 or pixie cut : a haircut worn by women and children that is very short all over the head or especially short only at the sides and back of the head Princess Diana's pixie cut became completely iconic, and almost as famous as the princess herself, inspiring many generations since to try the elegant look.— Isobel Larkin

pixie

adjective
variants: or less commonly pixy

Definition of pixie (Entry 2 of 2)

: playfully mischievous

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Other Words from pixie

Noun

pixieish \ ˈpik-​sē-​ish How to pronounce pixieish (audio) \ adjective

Adjective

pixiness noun

Examples of pixie in a Sentence

Noun leave a dish of milk and some bread out for the pixies Adjective resorted to some pixie high jinks to liven up the office party
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nikki Nelms, hair stylist and favorite of Yara Shahidi and Janelle Monáe, perfected Kravitz' pixie, while Hung Vanngo, Selena Gomez' favorite makeup artist, completed the look with a cat eye and soft peach lips. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Zoë Kravitz Nailed Old Hollywood Glamor in Full-Length Gloves at the SAG Awards," 20 Jan. 2020 After chopping her hair into a short and flirty pixie cut, Gerber hit the tattoo studio this week for some spring-appropriate floral ink from artist Evan Kim. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Kaia Gerber Just Got The Daintiest Wrist Tattoo," 9 Jan. 2020 Zoe Kravitz was spotted flaunting a face-framing pixie cut that would make anyone consider lopping off their locks, and Storm Reid rocked a mesmerizing makeup look that left us green with envy. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Best Beauty Looks From The Golden Globes After-Party," 6 Jan. 2020 Now, Panettiere has an edgy pixie cut with the sides shaved and her hair-color is a cool-toned, silvery hue. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Hayden Panettiere Now Has a Silver Pixie Cut With the Sides Shaved," 12 Dec. 2019 This is the place where the pixie dust loses its sparkle. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "In a theme park parking lot at night, a worker sleeps in her car. This is life in America’s most visited city," 5 Dec. 2019 Pauta has the glasses and lankiness of a chess club champ; Huiracocha is maybe five feet tall under her blonde pixie cut. Dylan Owens, The Know, "Why one of Ecuador’s most promising pop bands moved to Denver to launch its debut album," 2 Dec. 2019 But her hair history proves the actress can wear the hell out of am ice-white pixie, bleach blonde buzzcut, and the latest...a jet-black bob. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Cara Delevingne's Jet-Black Wig Will Make You Want to Turn to the Dark Side," 19 Nov. 2019 While Abergel manipulated Theron's pixie to look more rocker-like in order to complement her black leather and lace dress for the American Cinematheque Awards, Theron opted for a more elegant look for the Glamour Women of the Year Awards last night. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Charlize Theron’s Stunning New Pixie Cut Is Proof She Can Rock Any Hairstyle," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Halle Berry exploded on the Hollywood scene in the early 1990s with a short, pixie hairstyle that would become her signature. NBC News, "Actresses cite lack of Hollywood stylists who 'get' black hair," 12 Nov. 2019 Halle Berry exploded on the Hollywood scene in the early 1990s with a short, pixie hairstyle that would become her signature. Gary Gerard Hamilton, chicagotribune.com, "Tiffany Haddish, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and other black actresses cite lack of Hollywood stylists who get black hair," 26 Oct. 2019 Halle Berry exploded on the Hollywood scene in the early 1990s with a short, pixie hairstyle that would become her signature. NBC News, "Actresses cite lack of Hollywood stylists who 'get' black hair," 12 Nov. 2019 Halle Berry exploded on the Hollywood scene in the early 1990s with a short, pixie hairstyle that would become her signature. Gary Gerard Hamilton, chicagotribune.com, "Tiffany Haddish, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and other black actresses cite lack of Hollywood stylists who get black hair," 26 Oct. 2019 Halle Berry exploded on the Hollywood scene in the early 1990s with a short, pixie hairstyle that would become her signature. Washington Post, "Actresses cite lack of Hollywood stylists who get black hair," 25 Oct. 2019 Near the end of the Paul Feig film (which is more romantic drama than rom-com, despite what the trailers and posters promise), Kate (Emilia Clarke) realizes her manic pixie dream guy boyfriend Tom (Henry Golding) is… a ghost! Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The worst movie plot twists," 11 Nov. 2019 Zoë stans will recall that she's worn pixie cuts multiple times in the past. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Zoë Kravitz Chopped Off All of Her Hair Into a Pixie Cut," 27 Nov. 2019 Swipe through the list of the best pixie haircuts of all time, below. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fans are Defending Harry Styles and His New Bowl Haircut," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pixie

Noun

circa 1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pixie

Noun

origin unknown

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The first known use of pixie was circa 1636

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29 Jan 2020

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“Pixie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pixie. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for pixie

pixie

noun
How to pronounce pixie (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pixie

: an imaginary creature that looks like a small person and has magical powers

pixie

noun
pix·​ie
variants: also pixy \ ˈpik-​sē \
plural pixies

Kids Definition of pixie

: a mischievous elf or fairy

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