elflike; elfin; small and mischievous.
Origin of elfish
Related formself·ish·ly, adverbelf·ish·ness, noun
First recorded in 1535–45;
alteration of elvish
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Examples from the Web for elfish
Historical Examples of elfish
Our elfish guides led us back along the trail to the farmhouse.
She had the elfish look of a little withered fairy godmother.
Anger, surprise and chagrin swept the elfish face of the French girl.
A pair of elfish black eyes were fixed upon her in curious intent.
"I don't like you," he said slowly, regarding the Hun, with his elfish eyes.
British Dictionary definitions for elfish
of, relating to, or like an elf or elves; charmingly mischievous or sprightly; impish
Derived Formselfishly or elvishly, adverbelfishness or elvishness, noun
the supposed language of elves
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Word Origin and History for elfish
c.1200, alvisc; see elf + -ish. Related: Elfishly; elfishness.
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