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


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 How to pronounce pixie (audio) \ 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 Smack dab in the middle was an image of model Natane Boudreau with a pixie cut wearing a pair of moss green Prada pants from the spring 1996 collection. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Why I’m Going to Start Wearing Psychedelic Pants," 5 Jan. 2021 Earlier this week, Hadid also debuted a blonde pixie cut, much to the delight of fans. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Just Posed in a Cropped T-Shirt on a Snowy Rooftop in New York," 19 Dec. 2020 Fleet and streamlined as a bird, the big-eyed Jeanmaire favored a pixie cut, and costumes—many of them feathered—designed by her great friend Yves Saint Laurent. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "The Fashion Figures We Lost in 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 Heaven’s Gate required its members to adopt a uniform -- unisex shirt-and pants ensembles -- and a blunt pixie haircut. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "7 creepy things we learned about cult leader and former UA teacher Marshall Applewhite," 13 Dec. 2020 Toni Braxton is heating up the gram after debuting a new blonde pixie cut that stopped us in our tracks. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Toni Braxton's Fab New Blonde Pixie Cut Made Our Week," 3 Dec. 2020 Hadid debuted a choppy, platinum blonde pixie cut, with piecey bangs swept sideways over her eyes. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Bella Hadid Transformed Her Hair With a Bold Platinum Pixie Cut," 9 Dec. 2020 On Instagram last night, the supermodel debuted a platinum-blonde pixie cut, a massive departure from her signature dark brown locks. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Updates Her Look with a Platinum-Blonde Pixie Cut," 9 Dec. 2020 Gone were those glossy Disney Channel extensions and in their place, a bleach blonde pixie cut that started a whole new era of Miley (the best one, imo). Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Miley Cyrus Has Officially Revived Her Famous "Wrecking Ball" Hair With a New Super-Short Mohawk," 28 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Friedman left plenty of pixie dust in St. Petersburg, still a launching pad for top baseball jobs. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'We screw up a lot': Humility has been Tampa Bay Rays' secret weapon on the road to World Series," 20 Oct. 2020 Though the trailer has a Sabrina-esque flair to it as pixie dust-like sparks burst from the girls' fingertips. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Time to call the corners! The Craft: Legacy gathers a new coven in first trailer," 29 Sep. 2020 Disney World employees are wearing masks with pixie dust designs, the third generation of facial coverings that have evolved to be more comfortable for workers in Florida’s high humidity and heat, the company said. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney parks chief pushes for California to reopen Disneyland," 22 Sep. 2020 Disney is sprinkling a little pixie dust on Mother’s Day festivities. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "‘Disney Family Singalong’ Volume II live stream: Time, TV info, how to watch online, playlist," 10 May 2020 Disney announced the return of its popular Bedtime Hotline to help spread a little pixie dust magic for families during this time. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Disney brings back popular 'Bedtime Hotline' with messages from Mickey, Minnie, Donald and more," 21 Apr. 2020 Yes, the manic pixie dream girl trope is on full display, and some of the jokes haven’t aged well, but the mash-up of characters and relationships are hilarious. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "17 TV Shows to Watch That Are Delightful and Distracting," 31 Mar. 2020 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

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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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“Pixie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pixie. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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