elfin


adjective

  1. of or like an elf.
  2. small and charmingly spritely, merry, or mischievous.

noun

  1. an elf.

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or like an elf or elves
  2. small, delicate, and charming
adj.

1590s, from elf; first found in Spenser, who may have been thinking of elven but the word also is a proper name in the Arthurian romances (Elphin).

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