- elflike; elfin; small and mischievous.
Origin of elfish
First recorded in 1535–45; alteration of elvish
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Examples from the Web for elfish
Our elfish guides led us back along the trail to the farmhouse.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
She had the elfish look of a little withered fairy godmother.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Anger, surprise and chagrin swept the elfish face of the French girl.
A pair of elfish black eyes were fixed upon her in curious intent.
"I don't like you," he said slowly, regarding the Hun, with his elfish eyes.War and the Weird
- of, relating to, or like an elf or elves; charmingly mischievous or sprightly; impish
- the supposed language of elves
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Word Origin and History for elfish
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