elfish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj elfish usually good-naturedly mischievous "perpetrated a practical joke with elfin delight","elvish tricks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Elfish Of or relating to the elves; elflike; implike; weird; scarcely human; mischievous, as though caused by elves. "Elfish light.""The elfish intelligence that was so familiar an expression on her small physiognomy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • elfish Of or pertaining to elves or to elf-land; of the nature of an elf; caused by or characteristic of elves; peevish; spiteful: as, an elfish being; elfish mischief.
    • elfish Distracted or bewitched by elves; distraught or abstracted, as if bewitched.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Elfish elf-like, mischievous: tricky: disguised
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ælf; cf. Ice. álfr, Sw. elf.

Usage

In literature:

Instantly these underground chambers broke forth with wild, elfish voices that mimicked his merriment till it died on his lips.
"The Young Mountaineers" by Charles Egbert Craddock
The black eyes of Professor Dodd twinkled more elfishly than ever when I exhibited to him my glorious treasure.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
Had Lucy seen her she must have screamed, for nothing more elfish than that face could be imagined.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
As I have indicated, Judge Enderby in his unprofessional hours had an elfish and prank-some love of mischief.
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Suddenly she divined, rather than saw, Mignon's elfish eyes fixed upon her.
"Marjorie Dean High School Freshman" by Pauline Lester
Susan D. received her advances with an elfish coldness that had something not human in it, Margaret thought.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
A queer elfish little creature, they say, as fond of solitude down here as the squire, and full of hobbies.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Or, if not, thou strange and elfish child, whence didst thou come?
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The truth is, there are two spirits in Mr. Hardy, one infinitely sorrowful and tender, the other whimsical, elfish and malign.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
I got a wet nurse for her and fed her with baby food, but she got thinner and more elfish-looking.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
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In poetry:

Sometimes, though not oppressed with care,
She has her sleepless fits;
Then, blanket-swathed, in that round chair
The elfish mortal sits;—
"Little Elfie" by George MacDonald
And in a vision, painted like a picture in the air,
I saw the elfish figure of a man with frosty hair--
A quaint old man that chuckled with a laugh as he appeared,
And with ruddy cheeks like embers in the ashes of his beard.
"Das Krist Kindel" by James Whitcomb Riley
`Tis May, the elfish maiden, the daughter of the Spring,
Upon whose birthday morning the birds delight to sing.
They would not sing one note for you, if you should so command,
Although you are a princess, a princess of the land.
"A May-Day Madrigal" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

With elfish assistance from Rod Stewart, the contestants of The Voice, Miss Piggy, and the Phantom of the Opera READ.
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