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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 Indo-European roots.]
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elfin

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

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

elfin

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

[ˈɛlfɪn] adj [face] → délicat(e)
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elfin

adj
(= attractive)elfenhaft
(Myth) → elfisch
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elfin

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

(elf) nounplural elves (elvz)
a tiny and mischievous fairy.
ˈelfin adjective
of or like an elf.
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References in classic literature ?
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?
Could he not see Nora's elfin face peering around the point, watching for him wistfully?
As for Owen Ford, the "Margaret" of his book, although she had the soft brown hair and elfin face of the real girl who had vanished so long ago, "pillowed where lost Atlantis sleeps," had the personality of Leslie Moore, as it was revealed to him in those halcyon days at Four Winds Harbor.
They wore turbans too, and thereunder peered out their elfin faces at me,--faces with protruding lower-jaws and bright eyes.
The roar of the working day drowns the voices of the elfin sprites that are ever singing their low-toned miserere in our ears.
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.
Elfin thoughts must have exaggerated and enlarged everything, he said.
Beyond this the path wound through a forest of fir, where a wood wind wove its murmurous spell and a wood brook dimpled pellucidly among the shadows--the dear, companionable, elfin shadows--that lurked under the low growing boughs.
Bring me here, with elfin speed, The fragrant philter which I need.
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.
The tinkles of sleigh bells among the snowy hills came like elfin chimes through the frosty air, but their music was not sweeter than the song in Anne's heart and on her lips.
In five minutes' time, the little steamer is utterly deserted, and the packet is beset and over-run by its late freight, who instantly pervade the whole ship, and are to be met with by the dozen in every nook and corner: swarming down below with their own baggage, and stumbling over other people's; disposing themselves comfortably in wrong cabins, and creating a most horrible confusion by having to turn out again; madly bent upon opening locked doors, and on forcing a passage into all kinds of out-of-the-way places where there is no thoroughfare; sending wild stewards, with elfin hair, to and fro upon the breezy decks on unintelligible errands, impossible of execution: and in short, creating the most extraordinary and bewildering tumult.