elfin


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elf·in

 (ĕl′fĭn)
adj.
1.
a. Relating to or suggestive of an elf.
b. Made, done, or produced by an elf.
2. Small and sprightly or mischievous.
3. Having a magical quality or charm; fairylike: moved across the dimly lit stage with elfin grace.

[Probably from Middle English elvene, pl. of elve, elf, from Old English -elfen (as in wuduelfen, dryad); see albho- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

elfin

(ˈɛlfɪn)
adj
1. of, relating to, or like an elf or elves
2. small, delicate, and charming

elf•in

(ˈɛl fɪn)

adj.
1. of or like an elf.
2. small and spritely or mischievous.
3. characterized by dwarfed plant growth: elfin forest.
n.
4. an elf.
[1560–70; alter. of Middle English elven elf, Old English elfen, ælfen nymph]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.elfin - suggestive of an elf in strangeness and otherworldliness; "thunderbolts quivered with elfin flares of heat lightning"; "the fey quality was there, the ability to see the moon at midday"- John Mason Brown
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"
2.elfin - small and delicate; "she was an elfin creature--graceful and delicate"; "obsessed by things elfin and small"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"
3.elfin - relating to or made or done by or as if by an elf; "elfin bells"; "all the little creatures joined in the elfin dance"
4.elfin - usually good-naturedly mischievous; "perpetrated a practical joke with elfin delight"; "elvish tricks"
playful - full of fun and high spirits; "playful children just let loose from school"

elfin

adjective elflike, charming, arch, playful, mischievous, sprightly, impish, puckish, frolicsome, ludic (literary), elvish, prankish, elfish Wilfred gave him a mischievous, elfin grin.
Translations
جِنّي، فاتِن
tündérszerû
álfa-
škriatkovský

elfin

[ˈelfɪn] ADJde duende(s), mágico (Nordic Myth) → de elfo(s)

elfin

[ˈɛlfɪn] adj [face] → délicat(e)

elfin

adj
(= attractive)elfenhaft
(Myth) → elfisch

elfin

[ˈɛlfɪn] adjda elfo; (belonging to elves) → degli elfi

elf

(elf) nounplural elves (elvz)
a tiny and mischievous fairy.
ˈelfin adjective
of or like an elf.
References in classic literature ?
Bring me here, with elfin speed, The fragrant philter which I need.
The Elfin suddenness with which she pounced upon me with this question, and a searching look, quite disconcerted me for a moment.
It was an elfin birth--an elusive and delicate sprite that had to be nurtured into maturity.
They wore turbans too, and thereunder peered out their elfin faces at me,--faces with protruding lower-jaws and bright eyes.
Elfin thoughts must have exaggerated and enlarged everything, he said.
Then she went to the ugly brown spiders, and in gentle words told them, how in Fairy Land their kindred spun all the elfin cloth, and in return the Fairies gave them food, and then how happily they lived among the green leaves, spinning garments for their neigbbors.
Hast thous not torn the Naiad from her flood, The Elfin from the green grass, and from me The summer dream beneath the tamarind tree?
Set in dreamy and exquisite scenery, and moving in mystical dances, the green costume, like burnished beetle-wings, expressed all the elusive individuality of an elfin queen.
The roar of the working day drowns the voices of the elfin sprites that are ever singing their low-toned
Conscious of his elfin power and submitting to his dread experience, Mr.
A dozen yards they ran, and then the swordsman slashed again, and Bert could hear across the waters a little sound like the moo of an elfin cow as the fat little man fell forward.
And now she pictured to herself the days, and months, and years which she must spend in sorting what might be called shattered mummies, and fragments of a tradition which was itself a mosaic wrought from crushed ruins--sorting them as food for a theory which was already withered in the birth like an elfin child.