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[el-vish] /ˈɛl vɪʃ/
Origin of elvish
1150-1200; Middle English; see elf, -ish1
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elvishly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for elvish
Historical Examples
  • The folio of 1623 omits elvish, but the folio of 1632 has elves, which Rowe changed to elvish.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare James Edmund Harting
  • His rhymes were always full of quaint and elvish humour which was very endearing.

    Kathleen Christopher Morley
  • The phrase is a fine one, and suggests a mystic, elvish, nocturnal hunting.

    The Club of Queer Trades G. K. Chesterton
  • She nodded, leaning forward and looking up at me in a certain demure, elvish fashion.

  • See elvish in the Glossary, and cf. 'this elvish nyce lore'; Can.

  • Half-ashamed she went back to stolen meetings—in a barn—behind a rick—in the elvish shadow of some skew-blown thorn.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • The Provost of Notting Hill seemed to have fallen into a kind of trance; in his eyes was an elvish light.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • He could not bear the sight of her, perched on a chair in her white nightdress in the doorway, elvish and horrible.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • They call their tubs and stools by quaint, elvish, and almost affectionate names, as if they were their own children!

    Tremendous Trifles G. K. Chesterton
  • But we never heard any elvish arrow whistling after us, or saw any more of the uncouth folk.

    A King's Comrade Charles Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for elvish


a variant of elfish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for elvish

c.1200, aluisc, "belonging to or pertaining to the elves; supernatural," from elf + -ish. Old English used ilfig in this sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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elvish in Technology
1. The Tengwar of Feanor, a table of letterforms resembling the beautiful Celtic half-uncial hand of the "Book of Kells". Invented and described by J.R.R. Tolkien in "The Lord of The Rings" as an orthography for his fictional "elvish" languages, this system (which is both visually and phonetically elegant) has long fascinated hackers (who tend to be intrigued by artificial languages in general). It is traditional for graphics printers, plotters, window systems, and the like to support a Feanorian typeface as one of their demo items. By extension, the term might be used for any odd or unreadable typeface produced by a graphics device.
2. The typeface mundanely called "B"ocklin", an art-decoish display font. [Why?]
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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