- slightly eccentric or mentally disordered.
- amusingly whimsical, prankish, silly, or the like.
verb (used with object), pix·el·at·ed, pix·el·at·ing.
- in computer graphics and digital photography, to cause (an image) to break up into pixels, as by overenlarging the image: When enlarging a photograph, first increase the resolution to avoid pixelating it.
- to blur (parts of a digital image) by creating unclear, pixel-like patches, for purposes of censorship or to maintain the anonymity of the subject: Police have asked the media to pixelate the faces of the men who were taken into custody.
verb (used without object), pix·el·at·ed, pix·el·at·ing.
- (of a computer graphic or other digital image) to break up into visible pixels: We tried to watch the old, scratched DVD, but the image pixelated before our eyes.
adjective mainly US
- eccentric or whimsical
- slang drunk
- to blur (a video image) by overlaying it with a grid of squares, usually to disguise the identity of a person
adj.“mildly insane, bewildered, tipsy,” 1848, pix-e-lated, from pixie + -lated, as in elated, etc., perhaps influenced by or a variant of pixie-led. A New England dialect word popularized 1936 by its use in movie “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.”