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noun [countable] showing disapproval     manic pixie dream girl pronunciation in British English
/ˌmænɪk pɪksi ˈdri:m ɡɜː(r)l/
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singularmanic pixie dream girl
pluralmanic pixie dream girls
  1. a type of female character found in some in romantic films and novels whose slightly strange behaviour and lack of maturity is intended to be attractive but annoys many people

    In real life she’s probably not the manic pixie dream girl she plays in most of her movies.

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The term ’manic pixie dream girl’ was coined in 2007 by US film critic Nathan Rabin.


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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