pix·​ie | \ ˈpik-sē How to pronounce pixie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pixy
plural pixies

Definition of pixie

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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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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 Inside a cotton candy cloud of a bakery, cases will display baked goods flanking polished marble countertops, while the day’s soft serve ice cream varieties are shown beneath Toothfairy’s unmistakable pixie logo. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Hagner strikes an amusing balance of foul-mouthed trailer-park pixie and dedicated New Age homeopathist, often coming off as an even more uninhibited version of the lovable ditzes that used to be Goldie Hawn’s stock in trade. Joe Leydon, Variety, 27 Aug. 2021 Fleur Elise Bkln turned out to be the home of Elise Bernhardt, a sixtysomething woman with a salt-and-pepper pixie cut. Michael Schulma, The New Yorker, 31 July 2021 This new pixie for Roar joins a fleet of iconic movie and TV hairstyles. Christopher Ros, Glamour, 22 July 2021 Epprecht left the salon sporting a tight pixie cut that was and continues to be entirely gray. Natalie Johnson, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2021 With her blond pixie cut, big blue eyes and slight build, Jensen just about pulls off the indefensible maiden look. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Aug. 2021 In all three sets of photos, RiRi is rocking a sleek pixie cut. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 24 Aug. 2021 According to JustJared, Elle's sleek and mature pixie cut during a six-year flash forward at the end of the film was actually Joey's hair. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 13 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Yesterday, the singer-turned-beauty mogul debuted a new (old) pixie haircut while leaving her Santa Monica go-to, Giorgio Baldi, and the paps were there to capture the moment. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2021 Snow White’s Enchanted Wish, a cheery attraction that’s been sprinkled with large handfuls of pixie dust. Scott Craven, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2021 Not to mention, her Folklore collaborators Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff helped her strum up a storm of pixie dust outside the quaint cabin that inhabited part of the performance. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 15 Mar. 2021 Friedman left plenty of pixie dust in St. Petersburg, still a launching pad for top baseball jobs. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2020 Though the trailer has a Sabrina-esque flair to it as pixie dust-like sparks burst from the girls' fingertips. Nick Romano, EW.com, 29 Sep. 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 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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