Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hobgoblin: now explained as “a spirit or fairy in the shape of a horse, which neighs and thus misleads horses into bogs”; but this is a sophistication due to popular etymology, the word being a perversion of colepixy, the will o' the wisp. See colepixy.

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  • Century Dictionary's quoted definition of colt-pixy is a nearly verbatim rendering of Grose's 1787 listing of the word. Cf. colepixy
    Why, colt-pixy even finds itself at Answers.com.

    May 3, 2011