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

Sure, she's rocked the Umbrella-era pixie cut and occasional bob. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna’s Cornrows Have People Ready to Embrace Their Big Foreheads," 14 Mar. 2019 Sure, she's rocked the Umbrella-era pixie cut and occasional bob. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna’s Cornrows Have People Ready to Embrace Their Big Foreheads," 14 Mar. 2019 Stewart’s current pixie—which, somehow, looks even cooler blowing in the Los Feliz wind—took on an entirely new vibe when paired with her fire-engine red manicure. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart Updates Her Rock ’n’ Roll Pixie With a Surprising Twist," 16 Jan. 2019 Mini, micro, teacup, pixie: There are lots of different names that breeders use to describe their pigs. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "8 Things You Should Know Before Adopting a Mini Pig," 12 July 2018 Sure, she's rocked the Umbrella-era pixie cut and occasional bob. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna’s Cornrows Have People Ready to Embrace Their Big Foreheads," 14 Mar. 2019 Sure, she's rocked the Umbrella-era pixie cut and occasional bob. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna's Cornrows Are Giving Fans (and Me) Life," 13 Mar. 2019 Meghan wears a black and white dress that looks vaguely reminiscent of a French maid costume and Katharine wears a pixie-like green ensemble, complete with fake leaf adornments. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Katharine McPhee Shares an Adorable Throwback Picture of Meghan Markle's Youth Theater Days," 2 Feb. 2019 There are images of the pixie-cut ’90s actress Lori Petty dressed in checked overalls and a sequined hot pink sheath. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Let Gabriel Held’s #unsungsherooffashion Be Your 2019 Style Touchstone," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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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