The word leprechaun is of Irish origin. It generally means “small body,” pertaining to its size as depicted in stories. The word is also roughly given the meaning “half brogue” due to its portrayal as the works on a single shoe.
What are Leprechauns?
Leprechauns are mythical characters mostly seen in stories particularly in Irish mythology and folklore. Illustrations show them to be old men distinguished by their beard and hat. Some show them wearing red coat while others say they are wearing green, depending on where the story is set.
Although it has the appearance of an old man, a leprechaun is said to be very small, not even taller than a little child. He is also said to be solitary but enjoys playing pranks. And when captured by humans, a leprechaun offers to grant three wishes, trading in for his freedom.