of or like an elf.
small and charmingly spritely, merry, or mischievous.
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How to use elfin in a sentence
I mean, Peter Jackson could not have created a moment more elfin.
It wasn’t until my second full day here that Dody—an elfin woman in her late seventies with hip-length hair streaked gray—talked about the wrinkled work shirt and pair of jeans hanging on the back of a chair.The Search for a Ranger Who Was Lost and Never Found | Brendan Borrell | April 1, 2021 | Outside Online
Mickey Rooney, the elfin actor who could pull out all the stops on stage and on film, died Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 93.
Edmund Morgan, 97 Diminutive, almost elfin in appearance, he bestrode his field like a colossus.
Before these famous cartoons went viral, Santa was depicted either as a tall, thin, and less than jolly fellow or an elfin man.
In 1976, at the suggestion of Tony Marro, Mel elfin hired him to be deputy Washington bureau chief.
Some were already apparent with Zane: clenched fists, elfin-like ears, small body weight, a weak cry, feeding difficulties.Feeding Tubes, NICU, One-on-One Care: Susan Hatfield Talks About Living With Her Trisomy 18 Baby | Susan Hatfield | February 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
That is the proper way to feed these elfin creatures of wood on whose backs little boys gallop through the land of dreams.Child Life In Town And Country | Anatole France
So still was the place that the caged cricket hanging from the eaves of Um's distant room beat time like an elfin metronome.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
We walked on so together to the spot where we first had met, and where first the thrush had sounded for us his elfin clarion.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
The word elfin, which became quite a common word, seems to have been invented by Spenser.Stories That Words Tell Us | Elizabeth O'Neill
Why should the elfin's son be worse than the son of the devil himself?Theodoric the Goth | Thomas Hodgkin
British Dictionary definitions for elfin
of, relating to, or like an elf or elves
small, delicate, and charming
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