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elf

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/ ɛlf /
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noun, plural elves [elvz]. /ɛlvz/.
(in folklore) one of a class of preternatural beings, especially from mountainous regions, with magical powers, given to capricious and often mischievous interference in human affairs, and usually imagined to be a diminutive being in human form; sprite; fairy.
a diminutive person, especially a child.
a mischievous person, especially a child.
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Origin of elf

First recorded before 1000; Middle English, from Old English ælf, elf, ylf, akin to Old High German alp “incubus” (Middle High German alp , German Alp “nightmare”), Old Norse álfr, Danish alf “elf” ælfen; see elfin

synonym study for elf

1. See fairy.

OTHER WORDS FROM elf

elflike, adjective

Other definitions for elf (2 of 2)

ELF

or elf


abbreviation Radio.
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British Dictionary definitions for elf (1 of 2)

elf
/ (ɛlf) /

noun plural elves (ɛlvz)
(in folklore) one of a kind of legendary beings, usually characterized as small, manlike, and mischievous
a mischievous or whimsical child

Derived forms of elf

elflike, adjective

Word Origin for elf

Old English ælf; related to Old Norse elfr elf, Middle Low German alf incubus, Latin albus white

British Dictionary definitions for elf (2 of 2)

ELF

abbreviation for
extremely low frequency
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