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

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 Just a few weeks after chopping off all of her hair into a pixie cut, JoJo Siwa is already an expert at styling her new hair. Addison Aloian, Allure, 27 Apr. 2022 The third and final wig (not pictured) is a pixie cut that appears at the end of the season, before Michelle goes to jail, which was also based entirely on pictures at the sentencing. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 19 Apr. 2022 RiRi kept up with the short hairstyles in 2008, going for a pixie cut with sweeping bangs. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2022 Physically, this translated to Kidman trading in her signature tumble of red waves for a brunette pixie cut. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 10 May 2022 In the photo, Siwa, 18, grins at the camera, showing off her new pixie cut that's short on the sides and long on top. Olivia Jakiel, PEOPLE.com, 7 Apr. 2022 For 2022, the pixie's gotten a makeover, so expect to see the cut get much more creative. Elle Turner, Allure, 12 Apr. 2022 JoJo Siwa is embracing change, and has chopped off her famous long blonde hair to sport an edgy new pixie cut. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 7 Apr. 2022 Haven’t had a chance to pick up your share of Ojai pixie tangerines this season? Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Atop the pile, Tinker Bell sat waving, like a pixie Jackie Onassis. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 For all its sprinklings of pixie dust — a wiggly scorpion samba, a cyclone of flying pastries — the movie is often disconcertingly adult, and at the same time, largely unconcerned with welcoming in viewers not already steeped in the mythology. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 7 Apr. 2022 Revel, a kombucha brewery and tasting room, will release a pixie tangerine kombucha. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 Maurice is a genially bearish man, with curly brown hair, who looks like a brainier John Laroquette; Katia, with short hair and glasses and a vivacious grin, suggests a pixie version of Terry Gross. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 20 Jan. 2022 Goofy costumes, silly songs, colorful sets and a sprinkling of pixie dust never hurt anyone, and the ABC reality series has gone overboard this year with not just one, but two, Disney Nights. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 12 Oct. 2021 Again a roof will greatly cut down the natural air circulation and ventilation, assuming that the roof is made out of solid material and not pixie dust. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Add some extra pixie dust to your stay by reserving a shaded cabana that includes couch seating; two lounge chairs; a flat-screen TV; a safe; a fridge with free, non-alcoholic drinks; and a complimentary fruit platter and lemon water tower. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, 15 July 2021 So not what lots and lots and lots of fans were dying to hear, but coaches and managers usually stick with logic, not hunches, not Tinkerbell, a sprinkle of catchy music and a fistful of pixie dust. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021 See More

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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 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pixie


variants: also pixy \ ˈpik-​sē \
plural pixies

Kids Definition of pixie

: a mischievous elf or fairy

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