Definitions

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  • proper n. A female given name.
  • proper n. A diminutive of the male given name Alexander.

Etymologies

From a Scottish diminutive of Alison/Alice and Elspeth/Elizabeth. (Wiktionary)
From a Scottish diminutive of Alexander. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I called Elsie Moonish right away, but got only a buzz.

    Smart Dragons, Foolish Elves

  • Stepping over to her, I softly said, "Don't be frightened, dear, but is your name Elsie?"

    Fifteen Years with the Outcast

  • When the ghastly process was over and all quiet, I tapped on the wall and called out at the top of my voice, which wasn't much just then, "No surrender," and there came the answer past any doubt in Elsie's voice, "No surrender."

    Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences

  • Stepping over to her, I softly said, “Don't be frightened, dear, but is your name Elsie?”

    Fifteen Years With The Outcast

  • She saw the wistful look in Elsie's face at once, and took special pains to be sweet and tender to her.

    What Katy Did: A Story

  • Do you know, Aunt Izzie – I think that Elsie is the dearest little girl that ever was.

    What Katy Did: A Story

  • "I don't believe the newspapers would be so silly as to print things about you, Katy Carr," put in Elsie, vindictively.

    What Katy Did: A Story

  • So, how likely would you be to dive into a salvage title Elsie, even if the jump is less than twenty large?

    Jalopnik

  • Belasco and Henry became friends and set about rewriting a play called Elsie Deane.

    Empire of Dreams

  • ** "My mother says that in the 59 years since being married to my father, no one had ever called her Elsie Fag."

    Jamie Frevele: "I Want to Be Dick Armey's Wife"

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