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

1560–70; alteration of Middle English elven elf, Old English elfen, ælfen nymph, equivalent to ælf elf + -en feminine suffix (cognate with German -in); ælf cognate with German Alp nightmare, puck, Old Norse alfr elf

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elfin (ˈɛlfɪn)
1.  of, relating to, or like an elf or elves
2.  small, delicate, and charming

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Word Origin & History

1596, 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.
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Example sentences
He smiled his elfin, mischievous smile, his eyes closing.
Afflicted with some unknown disease, and supposed to have been wounded by an
  elfin arrow.
They wore turbans too, and thereunder peered out their elfin faces at me,-faces
  with protruding lower-jaws and bright eyes.
There, she destroys ornamental statues with elfin shapes.
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