from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, often mischievous creature considered to have magical powers.
- n. A lively, mischievous child.
- n. A usually sprightly or mischievous or sometimes spiteful person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mythical, supernatural being resembling but seen as distinct from humans.
- n. A luminous spirit presiding over nature and fertility and dwelling in the world of Álfheim (Elfland). Compare angel, nymph, fairy.
- n. Any of the magical, humanoid, typically forest-guarding races bearing some similarities to the Norse álfar (through Tolkien's Eldar).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An imaginary supernatural being, commonly a little sprite, much like a fairy; a mythological diminutive spirit, supposed to haunt hills and wild places, and generally represented as delighting in mischievous tricks.
- n. A very diminutive person; a dwarf.
- transitive v. To entangle mischievously, as an elf might do.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An imaginary being superstitiously supposed to inhabit unfrequented places, and in various ways to affect mankind; a sprite; a fairy; a goblin.
- n. A mischievous or wicked person; a knave; a rogue.
- n. A diminutive person; a dwarf; hence, a pet name for a child, especially one who is very sprightly and graceful.
- To entangle intricately, as the hair.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
- n. below 3 kilohertz
Middle English, from Old English ælf; see albho- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English ælf ("incubus, elf"), from Proto-Germanic *albiz. (Wiktionary)