Definitions

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  • n. Anything whose existence or power depends on the faith of believers.

Etymologies

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After a fairy in J M Barrie's Peter Pan (1902), in which the name is spelled Tinker Bell. She was described by Barrie as a fairy who mended pots and kettles, like an actual tinker, and her speech consists of the sounds of a tinkling bell.

Examples

  • Wasn't she called Tinkerbell in _Peter Pan, _ that whimsical, sassy, cold-hearted fairy with the miraculous dust that enabled children to fly?

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • Similarly, in Hook, children are lead to believe that Tinkerbell is more than just a woman with collagened lips who is notorious for snorting fairy dust and sleeping with all of her co-stars!

    Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies - Film Threat

  • Documents in the case show Markowitz slamming female staffers as incompetent - deriding one as "Tinkerbell" - while admitting under oath he kept an absentee male staffer on the payroll.

    JammieWearingFool

  • I call her Tinkerbell because she’s shaped like a…she’s the bell of the ball!

    'Tink': Elizabeth Banks is Tinkerbell, of course | EW.com

  • Even the infamously optimistic slobber-hound, a golden retriever otherwise known as Tinkerbell even though he was neither female nor a fairy, seemed to be worrying about the weather.

    Strangers In the Night

  • They had to locate the specimen called Tinkerbell and destroy her, if she wasn't already dead from her fall and the gunshot.

    When the Wind Blows

  • She was called Tinkerbell, but he knew she hated the name.

    When the Wind Blows

  • Around 12 hours ago I was watching a Disney animation called Tinkerbell, 3D animation it was, and because the characters are small, because they're, like, fairies, there's this geeky one that has glasses with drops of water for lenses.

    Blah, Blah! Technology

  • Rodney could honestly say he hadn't seen eyes that bloodshot since the last time Ronon got pixed by Eira - pixie dust was worse than mace and pepper spray combined, and Shrek just couldn't resist calling her Tinkerbell ....

    Wraithbait

  • They're at the end of the second pass of the first "Tinkerbell" sequel, with a screening for John Lasseter and the southern California division of the Diz Animation brain trust soon to follow.

    In and Around the Disney Studios

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