elfish

[ el-fish ]
/ ˈɛl fɪʃ /

adjective

elflike; elfin; small and mischievous.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. elf owl,
  2. elf-cup,
  3. elfin,
  4. elfin forest,
  5. elfinwood,
  6. elfishly,
  7. elfland,
  8. elflock,
  9. elgar,
  10. elgin

Also elvish.

Origin of elfish

First recorded in 1535–45; alteration of elvish

Related formself·ish·ly, adverbelf·ish·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for elfish

elfish

elvish

/ (ˈɛlfɪʃ) /

adjective

of, relating to, or like an elf or elves; charmingly mischievous or sprightly; impish

noun

the supposed language of elves
Derived Formselfishly or elvishly, adverbelfishness or elvishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for elfish

elfish

adj.

c.1200, alvisc; see elf + -ish. Related: Elfishly; elfishness.

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