Other Word Forms of Elfin
Origin of Elfin
From Middle English elven, from Old English elfen, ælfen (“nymph, spirit, fairy”), diminutive of elf, ælf (“elf”), equivalent to elf + -en. Cognate with Middle High German elbinne (“a fairy, nymph”).
Probably from Middle English elvene pl. of elve elf from Old English -elfen (as in wuduelfen dryad) albho- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Partly from attributive use of Etymology 1, but reanalysed by Spenser as if equivalent to elf + -en.
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