pix·ie | \ˈpik-sē \
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


variants: or less commonly pixy

Definition of pixie (Entry 2 of 2)

: playfully mischievous

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Other Words from pixie


pixieish \ˈpik-sē-ish \ adjective


pixiness noun

Examples of pixie in a Sentence


leave a dish of milk and some bread out for the pixies


resorted to some pixie high jinks to liven up the office party

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now check out the best pixie cuts through the years: Follow Marci on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to Allure's newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Marci Robin, Allure, "Model Lucan Gillespie Cut Three Feet Off Her Hair Into a Pixie for Miu Miu's Runway Show," 2 July 2018 Arie's swooning himself, though, over pixie-cut free spirit Bekah. Ashley Iaconetti, Cosmopolitan, "Bachelor Recap: A Hometown Date, Already?!," 9 Jan. 2018 Let it be known: Lily Collins is not one to shy from bold hair transformations (the actress has trialed pixies, lobs, and more). Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "49 Classic Haircuts That Look Amazing at Any Age," 8 July 2018 The star opted not to shave her head but instead cut her locks into a long pixie cut. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Bollywood Star Shares Emotional Video of Her Cutting Her Hair Off Before Cancer Treatment," 10 July 2018 But Gillespie didn't just let hairstylist Guido snip her hair into a chest-grazing style or even a chin-length bob — Guido gave Gillespie a breathtaking pixie cut with blunt bangs. Marci Robin, Allure, "Model Lucan Gillespie Cut Three Feet Off Her Hair Into a Pixie for Miu Miu's Runway Show," 2 July 2018 In the nearly 30 years that Céline Dion has been an international superstar, the powerhouse vocalist has done her fair share of experimentation with hairstyles, from her naturally dark-brown curls to a platinum pixie cut. Marci Robin, Allure, "Celine Dion Looks Like a Different Person With Super-Blonde Bangs," 29 June 2018 The California nanny was a breath of fresh air for many viewers; her chic pixie cut and bold earrings set her apart from the show’s conventions right away . De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Bekah Martinez on "The Bachelor," Social Media Bullying, and Hair Secrets," 27 June 2018 Gordon, 64, sports a pixie haircut, neat dresses and horn-rimmed glasses. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, Washington Post, "Baltimore rapper and professor form unlikely friendship over health disparities," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Add Lawrence to the list of actresses who have recently gotten pixie cuts and look absolutely fab. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Jennifer Lawrence Debuts a Shocking New Hairstyle," 6 Nov. 2013 The pixie dust, the halo around media moguls is still financially there anyway if not maybe there in the eyeballs. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The King of Content’ author Keach Hagey talks with Peter Kafka about Sumner Redstone’s crazy life," 28 June 2018 Chico’s actual performance consists of a couple of numbers on the piano in that famous pixie style. Johnny Miller, SFChronicle.com, "Beatty booed at Candlestick Park," 28 June 2018 Glitter Bangs Forget pixie-like sprinklings of sparkles—Maison Margiela's light-catching hair is coated, molded, and reminiscent of otherworldly glitter glue. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "6 Beauty Tricks to Steal from the Mens Runways, From Glitter Bangs to Straight Edge Bobs," 25 June 2018 The weeks after the pixie dust sprinkling (actually caused by ideal water temperatures) are like Christmas for bass anglers. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Late-spring fishing is prime time for bass. Here's how to take advantage.," 1 June 2018 Well, Emma just got way closer to achieving pixie status, thanks to a brand new cut by hairstylist Chris McMillan, who also counts Nina Dobrev as a client. Helena Yeung, Teen Vogue, "Emma Roberts Debuts Short Bob Haircut from Chris McMillan," 31 May 2018 There are a lot of people that have been involved in this, but his pixie dust is spread throughout this building. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "How LAFC rose from the ashes of Chivas USA and aims to be the team of Los Angeles," 27 Apr. 2018 With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. Cincinnati.com, "Win Tickets to Finding Neverland," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pixie


circa 1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pixie


origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of pixie

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


variants: also pixy \ˈpik-sē \
plural pixies

Kids Definition of pixie

: a mischievous elf or fairy

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