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elf

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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

before 1000; Middle English, back formation from elven, Old English elfen nymph (i.e., female elf), variant of ælfen; see elfin
SYNONYMS FOR elf
1 See fairy.
Related formself·like, adjective

Definition for elf (2 of 2)

Also elf
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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 Formselflike, 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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Word Origin and History for elf

elf


n.
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