elflike

elf

[elf]
noun, plural elves [elvz] .
1.
(in folklore) one of a class of preternatural beings, especially from mountainous regions, with magical powers, given to capricious and often mischievous interference in human affairs, and usually imagined to be a diminutive being in human form; sprite; fairy.
2.
a diminutive person, especially a child.
3.
a mischievous person, especially a child.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, back formation from elven, Old English elfen nymph (i.e., female elf), variant of ælfen; see elfin

elflike, adjective


1. See fairy.
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elf (ɛlf)
 
n , pl elves
1.  (in folklore) one of a kind of legendary beings, usually characterized as small, manlike, and mischievous
2.  a mischievous or whimsical child
 
[Old English ælf; related to Old Norse elfr elf, Middle Low German alf incubus, Latin albus white]
 
'elflike
 
adj

ELF
 
abbreviation for
extremely low frequency

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elf
"race of powerful supernatural beings in Gmc. folklore," O.E. elf, ælf, from P.Gmc. *albiz, origin unknown, possibly from PIE *albho- "white." A popular component in Anglo-Saxon names, many of which survive as modern given names and surnames, cf. Ælfræd "Elf-counsel" (Alfred), Ælfwine
"Elf-friend" (Alvin), Ælfric "Elf-ruler" (Eldridge), also women's names such as Ælfflæd "Elf-beauty." Elf Lock hair tangled, especially by Queen Mab, "which it was not fortunate to disentangle" [according to Robert Nares' glossary of Shakespeare] is from 1592.
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ELF
extremely low frequency
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