Origin of elvish

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at elf, -ish1
Related formselv·ish·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for elvish

Historical Examples of elvish

  • It seemed odd to them that men had once worn so elvish an attire.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill

    Gilbert K. Chesterton

  • His rhymes were always full of quaint and elvish humour which was very endearing.


    Christopher Morley

  • The Provost of Notting Hill seemed to have fallen into a kind of trance; in his eyes was an elvish light.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill

    Gilbert K. Chesterton

  • Gradually, while I was warming up, a sense of infinite comfort came, and with it the enjoyment of the elvish aspect.

    Over Prairie Trails

    Frederick Philip Grove

  • She nodded, leaning forward and looking up at me in a certain demure, elvish fashion.

British Dictionary definitions for elvish



a variant of elfish
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Word Origin and History for elvish

c.1200, aluisc, "belonging to or pertaining to the elves; supernatural," from elf + -ish. Old English used ilfig in this sense.

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