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pixie

[pik-see] /ˈpɪk si/
noun
1.
a fairy or sprite, especially a mischievous one.
2.
a small, pert, or mischievous person.
adjective
3.
Also, pixieish, pixyish. playfully impish or mischievous; prankish:
pixie mood; a pixie sense of humor.
Origin of pixie
1620-1630
1620-30; orig. dial. (SW England) pixy, pigsy, pisky; origin uncertain
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  • They threw themselves upon the pixie, smiting face and breast, arms and legs with swift, strong blows.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
  • I'd rather be on pixie at home; I could always make him go when I tickled his ears.

  • The creature was the largest of the pixie race that either of the officers had seen.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
  • You'll be saddled with your pixie girl for the rest of the tour.

  • While the pixie chief was off upon his mission of unrighteousness, the Brownie captain had also gone upon a journey.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
British Dictionary definitions for pixie

pixie

/ˈpɪksɪ/
noun (pl) pixies
1.
(in folklore) a fairy or elf
Word Origin
C17: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for pixie
n.

c.1630, of obscure origin, perhaps from or relatred to Swedish dialect pyske "small fairy," but West County origin suggests ultimate source in Cornwall and thus something Celtic. Earliest references were in pixy-path "bewilderment," literally "path on which one is led astray by pixies," and pixie-led "lost."

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