pixyish

pixie

[pik-see]
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:
1620–30; orig. dial. (SW England) pixy, pigsy, pisky; origin uncertain

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pixie or pixy (ˈpɪksɪ)
 
n , pl pixies
(in folklore) a fairy or elf
 
[C17: of obscure origin]
 
pixy or pixy
 
n
 
[C17: of obscure origin]

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