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

elf′ish·ly adv.
elf′ish·ness n.


(ˈɛlfɪʃ) or


of, relating to, or like an elf or elves; charmingly mischievous or sprightly; impish
(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"


adjelfenhaft; (= mischievous)koboldhaft
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If elvishness parallels the aloof asceticism of the university, the dwarvish appreciation of the well-executed work of hands suggests the aesthetic of the pre-modern craftsman.
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My second point is that the putative origin of eldritch in yell- seems to have influenced the definitions of eldritch given both in DOST and in more recent scholarship: its connotations of elves and elvishness have in some circumstances been overplayed, and the more general meaning of 'otherworldly' is to be preferred.