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[alf; Norwegian ahlf] /ælf; Norwegian ɑlf/
a male given name, form of Alfred.


[lan-duh n] /ˈlæn dən/
Alfred ("Alf") Mossman [maws-muh n,, mos-] /ˈmɔs mən,, ˈmɒs-/ (Show IPA), 1887–1987, U.S. politician. Unabridged
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  • His eyes had already the keenness of a falcon, and so straight and strong he grew that the heart of King Alf was filled with joy.

    Stories from Northern Myths Emilie Kip Baker
  • "I'll tell you what it is, old man—we've missed the way," said Alf.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • It would not be easy to give Alf an uncomfortable thought about his Carlen.

    Between Whiles Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Or could the worst have happened, and Alf be even now—— No, no.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • At the end of the passage, facing the ravine, I stood and talked to Guinea, while Alf was hitching the mare to the buck-board.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • Look at here, Alf; you don't pull me next time my lamps ain't lit.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • As I entered the corridor of the jail I saw Alf's face brighten behind the bars.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
British Dictionary definitions for Alf


(Austral, derogatory) an uncultivated Australian
Word Origin
from shortening of the name Alfred


abbreviation (in Britain)
Animal Liberation Front
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Alf in Technology
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American Liver Foundation
assisted living facility
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