Leprechaun Definition

lĕprĭ-kŏn, -kôn
leprechauns
noun
A fairy in the form of a little old man who can reveal a buried crock of gold to anyone who catches him.
Webster's New World
In Irish folklore, a mischievous elflike creature or fairy who grants wishes or reveals the location of hidden treasure when captured.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
spritefairyelfdwarfone of the little peoplegnomebrowniegoblin

Other Word Forms of Leprechaun

Noun

Singular:
leprechaun
Plural:
leprechauns

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

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