• WordNet 3.6
    • adj elfin small and delicate "she was an elfin creature--graceful and delicate","obsessed by things elfin and small"
    • adj elfin suggestive of an elf in strangeness and otherworldliness "thunderbolts quivered with elfin flares of heat lightning","the fey quality was there, the ability to see the moon at midday"- John Mason Brown"
    • adj elfin usually good-naturedly mischievous "perpetrated a practical joke with elfin delight","elvish tricks"
    • adj elfin relating to or made or done by or as if by an elf "elfin bells","all the little creatures joined in the elfin dance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Elfin A little elf or urchin.
    • a Elfin Relating to elves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elfin An elf; an inhabitant of fairy-land: in Spenser applied to his knights.
    • n elfin A little urchin or child.
    • n elfin Synonyms See fairy, n.
    • elfin Relating or pertaining to elves.
    • n elfin An American lycænid butterfly of the genus Incisalia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Elfin of or relating to elves
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ælf; cf. Ice. álfr, Sw. elf.


In literature:

She had a mass of black curls, eyes dancing with elfin lights, a face permanently flushed, and limbs never in repose.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
A sort of weird, dim, elfin day, that dawns at sunset, and envelops and possesses the world.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
The court looked on in sorrow, for the elfin was beloved by many, but not a fay dared murmur or question the justice of the sentence.
"The Fairy Nightcaps" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
Opposite the elfin planet, the monster ceased to climb.
"The Pygmy Planet" by John Stewart Williamson
Oh who is so merry, so happy as we, We gay little elfins, beneath the old tree?
"Graham's Magazine, Vol. XXXII No. 4, April 1848" by Various
And all night long beside her stood the Fairy she had sought, and by elfin spell and charm sent to the sleeping child this dream.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Phil took in her slender, shapely, elfin beauty, and his heart beat a merry riot of pleasure as he sat down by her side.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Kong Tolv began to woo, after the elfin fashion, brief and bold.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850." by Various
In this attitude she looked more elfin than human, and the light that danced in her black eyes was not of a reassuring nature.
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards
But who so bold and merry as this elfin Leo an hour afterwards?
"Leonore Stubbs" by L. B. Walford

In poetry:

He told a story to her,
A story full of dreams--
And was it of the Elfin things
That haunt the thin moonbeams?
"Under The Rose" by Madison Julius Cawein
"If my love were an earthly knight,
As he's an elfin grey,
I wad na gie my ain true-love
For nae lord that ye hae.
"Tam Lin" by Andrew Lang
"If my love were an earthly knight,
As he's an elfin grey,
I wad na gie my ain true-love
For nae lord that ye hae.
"Tam Lin" by Anonymous Americas
Hark, oh hark the elfin laughter
All the little waves along,
As if echoes speeding after
Mocked a merry merman's song!
"Morning along Shore" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Two men upon a summer sea
Are toiling, brave and strong,
Where pleasures roll their elfin harmony
And labor ends in song.
"Two Lives" by Freeman Edwin Miller
The little rose is dust, my dear;
The elfin wind is gone
That sang a song of silver words
And cooled our hearts with dawn.
"The Little Rose Is Dust, My Dear" by Grace Hazard Conkling

In news:

Rick Gould Charles McVicker's "Elfin Cove, Alaska" won the Travis Gallery Award for a Traditional Landscape at the 83rd Annual Phillips' Mill Juried Art Exhibition .
Aunt Lillie's elfin laugh abides in memory.
Elfin 's End Zone: Flip Saunders Gone, Others Should Follow Soon.
David Elfin , Art Monk and an illustrated history of the Redskins.
Elfin ' great gifts.
Next month, the Coast Guard cutter Liberty will deliver the donated coats and blankets to Hoonah, Angoon, Kake, Pelican and Elfin Cove.
Hmmm, it would appear that Elfin food groups are a little different than humans.
So, with an elfin attitude, I set about getting into gear for this year's early holiday mailing.
Ruch, a slender, elfin guy with a touch of mischief about him, has more than baking in common with Berenbaum: He, too, came from the unlikely realm of postmodern philosophy .
Leisurely stroll or heart-pumping workout in the Elfin Forest.
Local poet Barbie Angell is known for her mischievous sense of humor (in case you missed it a year-and-a-half ago, go here for Angell's Rapture Survival tips), her fanciful, elfin-inspired fashion, and (most importantly) her poetry.
A crochet pattern for elfin, candy-corn themed baby booties.
When I was able to document this territorial dispute between two Elfin Skimmer males.