(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.
- elflike, adjective
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How to use elf in a sentence
And there are no particular elf characters––you just have this one guy.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth | Alex Suskind | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Inside the “Love” window Elphresh the contortionist elf dances in from of a gold boom-box and 9-foot chrome mushrooms.
The friends were even given military call names - elf, Bay and Airplane.Bitter Survivors and Caravans of Coffins from Ukraine’s “Eastern Boiler” | Anna Nemtsova | September 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ex-sexy elf Orlando Bloom, without even putting on his Legolas weave, turns Justin Bieber-punching everyman.An Unlikely Hero Blooms in Ibiza: Orlando Bloom Sort of Punches Justin Bieber | Amy Zimmerman | July 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At the end of the day, Bloom emerges as an unlikely hero: former sexy elf turned Justin Bieber-punching everyman.An Unlikely Hero Blooms in Ibiza: Orlando Bloom Sort of Punches Justin Bieber | Amy Zimmerman | July 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
U was an Usurer, a miserable elf; V was a Vintner, who drank all himself.
One day, an Indian boy was playing beside a stream, when one of the little elf men came along in his canoe.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children | Mabel Powers
There sat the little elf man, swinging on the tip of a branch, and throwing nuts and twigs at him.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children | Mabel Powers
And we left our nervous ogre and our poor little elf to fight out between themselves whatever battle they had to fight.Jaffery | William J. Locke
She looked twice the size, and her smooth coat, entirely free from snarls and elf-locks, made her look as fat as a seal.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for elf (1 of 2)
(in folklore) one of a kind of legendary beings, usually characterized as small, manlike, and mischievous
a mischievous or whimsical child
- elflike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for ELF (2 of 2)
extremely low frequency
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