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Definitions of elfin

  1. A little elf or urchin. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. A child of fairyland; a sportive child. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. A little elf: a child. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Playfully applied to a child, as being small and mischievous. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5. small and delicate; "she was an elfin creature--graceful and delicate"; "obsessed by things elfin and small" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. usually good-naturedly mischievous; "perpetrated a practical joke with elfin delight"; "elvish tricks" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. Pertaining to sprites or goblins. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Of or relating to elves. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Relating or belonging to elves. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Relating or pertaining to elves. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for elfin

  1. It was a strangely silent game and as mirthless as that of the elfin bowlers in Rip Van Winkle. – Gigolo by Edna Ferber
  2. Elfin was quite sure, so he let her go. – The Book of Dragons by Edith Nesbit
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