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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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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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