Elfin definition

ĕlfĭn
Small and sprightly or mischievous.
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An elf.
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Of or like an elf; tiny, delicate, etc.
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Having a magical quality or charm; fairylike.

Moved across the dimly lit stage with elfin grace.

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Relating to or suggestive of an elf.
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Made, done, or produced by an elf.
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An elf; an inhabitant of fairy-land.
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A little urchin or child.
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Relating to or resembling an elf, especially in its tiny size or features.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
elfin
Plural:
elfins

Origin of elfin

  • 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

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Partly from attributive use of Etymology 1, but reanalysed by Spenser as if equivalent to elf +‎ -en.

    From Wiktionary