[ el-fin ]
/ ˈɛl fɪn /


of or like an elf.
small and charmingly spritely, merry, or mischievous.


an elf.

Origin of elfin

1560–70; alteration of Middle English elven elf, Old English elfen, ælfen nymph, equivalent to ælf elf + -en feminine suffix (cognate with German -in); ælf cognate with German Alp nightmare, puck, Old Norse alfr elf
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British Dictionary definitions for elfin

/ (ˈɛlfɪn) /


of, relating to, or like an elf or elves
small, delicate, and charming
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