Definition of leprechaun in English:



  • (in Irish folklore) a small, mischievous sprite.

    • ‘There have always been myths about small people - Ireland has its leprechauns and Australia has the Yowies.’
    • ‘Lucy was a leprechaun, born to laugh and dance, play pranks and sing.’
    • ‘If it involves leprechauns or mole people, we don't want to hear it.’
    • ‘To her way of thinking, leprechauns are a part of the soul of Ireland, not to be found in any other country.’
    • ‘In fact, all I knew about Celtic folklore consisted of one silly story about a leprechaun.’
    • ‘And tomorrow the sky will be pink and filled with flying leprechauns and fairies.’
    • ‘I could fall face first into a herd of leprechauns and not notice.’
    • ‘You are likely to see queens, princesses, leprechauns, angels, devils and a mixture of all sorts.’
    • ‘We saw a pixie and a leprechaun eating together.’
    • ‘He loves the whole idea of leprechauns and the magic and myths of Ireland.’
    • ‘Is it a path made by the goddess Iris between Earth and Heaven, or a leprechaun's secret hiding place for his pot of gold?’
    • ‘It means otherworldly stuff, like leprechauns and so on.’
    • ‘The book is based on the story of a crafty 12-year-old Irish boy who is immersed in a world of fairies, leprechauns and gnomes.’
    • ‘They are taught that fairies and leprechauns don't exist.’
    • ‘Menehunes are small people, rather like Irish leprechauns.’
    • ‘The laminak were female sprites, similar to leprechauns, who could wield either a helpful or harmful influence.’
    • ‘Do you believe in goblins, elves and leprechauns?’
    • ‘She has inherited the leprechauns ' memories.’
    • ‘The small nocturnal visitors of the middle Ages were known as fairies, leprechauns, elves, or gnomes - the little people.’
    • ‘If people want to believe in tooth fairies, or leprechauns, or hobgoblins, or taniwha, or whatever, it is their right to do that.’
    pixie, goblin, elf, sprite, fairy, gnome, imp, brownie, puck, devil
    the little people
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Early 17th century: from Irish leipreachán, based on Old Irish luchorpán, from lu small + corp body.