Leprechaun meaning

lĕprĭ-kŏn, -kôn
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The definition of leprechaun is a little man fairy in Irish folklore who plays pranks and is thought to give a pot of gold to those who are able to trick or catch him.

An example of a leprechaun is the character on the Lucky Charms cereal box.

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In Irish folklore, a mischievous elflike creature or fairy who grants wishes or reveals the location of hidden treasure when captured.
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(Irish folklore) One of a race of elves who can reveal hidden treasure to those who catch it.
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(ir. folklore) A fairy in the form of a little old man who can reveal a buried crock of gold to anyone who catches him.
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Origin of leprechaun

  • Irish Gaelic luprachán alteration of Middle Irish luchrupán from Old Irish luchorpán luchorp (lú- small legwh- in Indo-European roots) (corp body) (from Latin corpus kwrep- in Indo-European roots) -án diminutive suff

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Irish leipreachán, luprachán, from Middle Irish luchrupán, from Old Irish luchorpán, from - “small" (Proto-Indo-European *legwh) + corp “body", from Latin corpus

    From Wiktionary