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

Emilia Clarke debuted a pixie cut in September and Kit Harington cut his long Jon Snow locks. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams Debuted Bubblegum Pink Hair," 29 Nov. 2018 Kylie, who apparently drew her style inspiration from her mom's signature pixie cut. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Wore a Short Black Pixie Cut and Looked Exactly Like Kris," 10 Oct. 2018 Even as of late, Delevingne has opted for edgier looks on red carpets, and beauty moments that complement but don't contrast with her pixie cut. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Broke The Royal Wedding Dress Code in the Chicest Way Possible," 12 Oct. 2018 The new mom opted for a pixie-cut and a curve-hugging purple gown that fit her in all the right places at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City on Monday. Fox News, "Cardi B makes first public appearance since giving birth to daughter," 20 Aug. 2018 Her companions are similarly recognizable: Alexa Davies apes Julie Walters’s pixie cut to play Rosie, and as Tanya, Jessica Keenan Wynn nails both the Christine Baranski wig and the Christine Baranski voice. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a kooky, poppy romp," 18 July 2018 When Clare Bowen's character Scarlett suddenly traded her long locks in for a pixie cut in the seventh episode of Nashville, most viewers assumed that both the actress and her alter ego simply wanted to switch things up a bit. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "Here's the Heartbreaking Reason 'Nashville' Star Clare Bowen Cut Off Her Hair," 12 Nov. 2015 Christine was backed by a band featuring keyboard, synth, and drums while sporting a black and white button-up and a pixie haircut. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Christine and The Queens Deliver An Intimate Cover Of Maroon 5's 'What Lovers Do' In The BBC Live Lounge: Watch," 10 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This ever-so-slightly-waxy (in a good way!) spray acts almost like a much less heavy pomade, creating definition and control in braids, ends, and even pixie cuts. Stephanie Saltzman, Allure, "The 13 Best Dry Texture Sprays for Perfect Model-Off-Duty Hair," 13 Sep. 2018 Rosales caught the attention of the footwear brand Camper, whose spring 2018 campaign spotlights her suite of characters: auburn-haired exec, mop-head in pink, pixie sunbather. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Madrid Artist Whose Cinematic Beauty Looks Are Straight out of an Almodovar Movie," 23 Aug. 2018 Unfortunately, some fans of the beauty products might need a little pixie dust and a lot of magic to get their hands on these goodies, as the new line is currently only available in Japan. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "INTEGRATE Released a "Snow White" Makeup Collection," 15 Aug. 2018 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

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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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