elfish


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elf·ish

 (ĕl′fĭsh) also elv·ish (ĕl′vĭsh)
adj.
1. Of or relating to elves.
2. Prankish; mischievous.

elf′ish·ly adv.
elf′ish·ness n.

elfish

(ˈɛlfɪʃ) or

elvish

adj
of, relating to, or like an elf or elves; charmingly mischievous or sprightly; impish
n
(European Myth & Legend) the supposed language of elves
ˈelfishly, ˈelvishly adv
ˈelfishness, ˈelvishness n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.elfish - 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"
Translations

elfish

adjelfenhaft; (= mischievous)koboldhaft
References in classic literature ?
Or, if not, thou strange and elfish child, whence didst thou come?
A mole throwing up its mound at the end of its burrow and making its way out at last with the long-nailed paws which looked so like elfish hands, had absorbed him one whole morning.
This was rare, however, and the elfish freak was always short: sometimes when driven a little hard in the war of words--for her tongue did ample justice to the pith, the point, the delicacy of her native French, in which language she always attacked me--I used to turn upon her with my old decision, and arrest bodily the sprite that teased me.
The girl whose light fingers grasped me, whose elfish charming face looked into mine--who, I thought, was betraying an interest in my feelings that she would not have directly avowed,--this warm breathing presence again possessed my senses and imagination like a returning siren melody which had been overpowered for an instant by the roar of threatening waves.
As they crept along, stooping low to discern the plant, a soft yellow gleam was reflected from the buttercups into their shaded faces, giving them an elfish, moonlit aspect, though the sun was pouring upon their backs in all the strength of noon.
In addition to these--and they were all on deck, chattering and piping in queer, almost elfish, falsetto voices--were the two white men, Captain Van Horn and his Danish mate, Borckman, making a total of seventy-nine souls.
He saw her daughter, Lady Margaret Graham, a pale and pretty girl with an elfish face and copper-coloured hair.
and then is my eye opened to the eternal picture which nature paints in the street, with moving men and children, beggars and fine ladies, draped in red and green and blue and gray; long-haired, grizzled, white-faced, black-faced, wrinkled, giant, dwarf, expanded, elfish,--capped and based by heaven, earth and sea.
But when he goes upstairs to explore, he discovers something totally unexpected: Minkel, a delightful, elfish creature, who intends to take him, his sister, and his friends to Ninelands, a place Jamie never knew existed.
8220;He is often seen as a spirit or as a mischievous elfish pixie or imp.
Smith conveyed this spirit with the right stage presence for the role -- wide-eyed innocence (even though Buddy is 30), elfish charm, clever gestures, a great singing voice, and considerable agility as Buddy was constantly running and dancing across the stage.