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 pixieish (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 Sporting a stylish pixie cut and backlit by floor-to-ceiling windows, Shamonski launches into a narrative of then versus now, a reproductive dark ages of secrecy that’s given way to a more enlightened present. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe," 30 July 2020 Earlier today, the rapper showed off a new multi-toned pink pixie wig installed by her longtime stylist Tokyo Stylez. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "We Can’t Stop Staring At Cardi B’s Hot-Pink Pixie Cut," 19 June 2020 There is little rhyme or reason why a certain fringed bob takes over the text chain or a vintage pixie cut sparks a social media frenzy. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "This Shoulder-Length Hairstyle Is Poised To Be the Most Popular Cut of the Summer," 17 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, magical pixie Tinker Bell is jealous of Wendy for taking Peter away from her, and tries repeatedly to have her killed. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Wendy Reveals A Dark Truth About The Peter Pan Story," 2 Mar. 2020 Maxime La for The New York Times LOS ANGELES — For the past nine years, Jehnny Beth has been known as the frontwoman of the ferocious post-punk band Savages — a live wire with a slick pixie cut and arresting onstage persona. Phoebe Reilly, New York Times, "Savages’ Jehnny Beth Is Going Solo. Don’t Tell Her It’s a Mistake.," 5 Feb. 2020 Sterling efforts all round, but the indisputable winner, for me, was Khloé, who became her mom's twin with the help of a pixie cut wig. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Khloé Kardashian Transformed Into Kris Jenner and Looked Like Her Mom's Twin," 16 Dec. 2019 In the glossy photo, Cardi sported a bright yellow pixie wig and a black and white checkered jacket while seated on a chair in a blue room, seemingly preparing for an interview. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Everything We Know About Cardi B's New Album," 27 Mar. 2018 And to pack the final punch, the former fitness guru traded in her signature blonde bob for a silver pixie cut. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Jane Fonda Made a Powerful Statement With Her 2020 Oscars Dress and Coat," 10 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Sprinkle pixie dust on your special occasion The team at Disney Meetings & Events can turn birthdays, graduations and more into special events. Dallas News, "What it costs to be a VIP at Walt Disney World in Florida," 16 Mar. 2020 Too often, the adventure is curtailed, with women surrendering their pixie dust to ensure that their own children can learn to fly. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Wendy Reveals A Dark Truth About The Peter Pan Story," 2 Mar. 2020 Without the help of pixie dust, Jansen had plenty of her own island adventures getting the whimsical costumes just right. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wendy' Costume Designer on What Inspired Her Modern Twist on Peter Pan," 27 Feb. 2020

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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