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

  • n. A fairylike or elfin creature, especially one that is mischievous; a playful sprite.
  • adj. Playfully mischievous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A playful sprite, elflike or fairy-like creature.
  • n. a cute, petite woman with short hair
  • n. an upper-atmospheric optical phenomena associated with thunderstorms, a short-lasting pinpoint of light on the surface of convective domes that produces a gnome.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See pixy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
  • n. creeping evergreen shrub having narrow overlapping leaves and early white star-shaped flowers; of the pine barrens of New Jersey and the Carolinas


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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