Elfish Elf"ish, a. Of or relating to the elves; elflike; implike; weird; scarcely human; mischievous, as though caused by elves. ``Elfish light.'' --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

The elfish intelligence that was so familiar an expression on her small physiognomy. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • elfish — c.1200, alvisc; see ELF (Cf. elf) + ISH (Cf. ish) …   Etymology dictionary

  • elfish — [elf′ish] adj. like or characteristic of an elf; elfin or prankish elfishly adv. elfishness n …   English World dictionary

  • elfish — /ˈɛlfɪʃ/ (say elfish) adjective 1. elf like. 2. small and mischievous. Also, elvish. –elfishly, adverb –elfishness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • elfish — elf ► NOUN (pl. elves) ▪ a supernatural creature of folk tales, represented as a small, delicate human figure with pointed ears and a capricious nature. DERIVATIVES elfish adjective elven adjective (literary ) elvish adjective. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • elfish — adjective see elf …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • elfish — elfishly, adv. elfishness, n. /el fish/, adj. elflike; elfin; small and mischievous. Also, elvish. [1535 45; alter. of ELVISH] Syn. prankish, impish. * * * …   Universalium

  • elfish — adjective a) Characteristic of an elf b) mischievous …   Wiktionary

  • elfish — Synonyms and related words: arch, devilish, elfin, elflike, elvish, faery, fairy, fairyish, fairylike, fay, foolish, full of mischief, gnomelike, gnomish, high spirited, impish, knavish, mischief loving, mischievous, pixieish, playful, prankish,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • elfish — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. mischievous, prankish, impish, elfin; see naughty …   English dictionary for students

  • elfish — adj British bad, unpleasant, of poor quality. The term, of uncertain derivation, has been in playground usage since the late 1990s. It is probably unrelated to the Elvish language invented by J. R. R. Tolkien …   Contemporary slang

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