Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of a race of elves in Irish folklore who can reveal hidden treasure to those who catch them.

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  • n. One of a race of elves who can reveal hidden treasure to those who catch it

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small mischievous elf or spirit in Irish folklore; it is often depicted in literature as a dwarfish bearded old man; -- legend tells that if a leprechaun is captured, he will reveal the location of his hidden pot of gold.

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  • n. a mischievous elf in Irish folklore

Etymologies

Irish Gaelic luprachán, alteration of Middle Irish luchrupán, from Old Irish luchorpán : luchorp (lú-, small; + corp, body from Latin corpus) + -án, diminutive suff.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Irish leipreachán, luprachán, from Middle Irish luchrupán, from Old Irish luchorpán, from - “small” (Proto-Indo-European *legwh) + corp “body”, from Latin corpus (Wiktionary)

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  • I can't read this word without thinking of Wayne Campbell. "I'm the leprechaun!"

    December 12, 2009

  • I don't appreciate leprechauns.

    December 12, 2009

  • Jumped-up, shoe-duffing bog pixies that they are.

    October 30, 2009

  • they once infested my house. disgusting little buggers.

    October 30, 2009