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


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 pixieish (audio) \ 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

In one photograph, a woman with a pixie cut considers a mess of store receipts, and a child, perhaps as punishment, faces the wall. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "A Young Artist Charts the Journey from “Haiti to Hood”," 8 Aug. 2019 Kristen Stewart knows a thing or two about playful hair statements, frequently adding a set of experimental bobby pins or cool-girl knit caps onto her ever-evolving platinum pixie. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart Has the Sportiest Solution to Second-Day Hair," 21 May 2019 In the brief video clips, Hudson, 39, covered her ombré pixie ‘do with a chic shoulder-length faux bob that was loosely curled. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Kate Hudson Rocks a Chic Bob 9 Months After Shaving Her Head," 23 May 2018 At Monday’s Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards in New York City, the Beauty Mark singer ’s short pixie cut made a red carpet debut. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Ciara Has A New Haircut And You Have To See It Before It's Gone," 11 June 2019 That might be attributed to the fact that the ride includes things like gnomes acromantulas, cornish pixies, centaurs and Fluffy the three-headed dog. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "First look: See the new Hagrid roller coaster at Universal Orlando's Harry Potter world," 11 June 2019 On Back Island, the leader was 29-year-old Jamie Karlson, a spritely music teacher with a pixie cut and a quick laugh. Susan Shain, The Atlantic, "When Your Final Exam Is Surviving the Wilderness," 5 June 2019 And there was no one who took me farther than that punkish pixie of Icelandic cool, Björk. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Meet the Set Designer Behind For Björk Latest Showstopping Performance," 10 May 2019 Now put on your game face and get ready to join the pixie club. Allure, "19 Badass Pixie Cuts That'll Inspire You to Go Short," 18 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

More pixie dust was still needed, including compressing them down. Los Angeles Times, "We used a 3-D printer to map the power of the Ridgecrest earthquake," 26 July 2019 There's no shortage of brides making unreasonable beauty demands of their wedding party and guests, like ordering bridesmaids to postpone everything from pixie cuts to breast implants. Marci Robin, Allure, "A Bride Demanded Free Wedding Makeup From Her Friend, and the Screenshots Are Going Viral," 14 June 2019 Let loose on the streets of Rio, Marquezine’s style is similarly bold: Among her looks for Carnival this month were a glittering bodysuit with barely-there cut-offs, and a crop top with a silvery skirt (and faux-pixie hairdo). Vogue, "Bruna Marquezine Is Not Your Average Brazilian Bombshell," 18 Mar. 2019 The mogul is often spotted with a blunt bob or Kris Jenner-esque pixie one day and waist-length strands the next, but at the Met Gala this May, the youngest Jenner went au naturale, tucking her dark strands back in a simple bun. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "15 Celebrities Who Prove a Dye Job Makes a Huge Difference," 18 Oct. 2018 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

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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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