American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person regarded as stupid or clumsy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In popular superstition, a changeling; a foolish or otherwise defective child left by fairies in the place of another carried off by them.
- n. A dolt; an idiot; a blockhead; a simpleton.
- n. obsolete An elf's child; a changeling left by fairies or goblins, hence, a deformed or foolish child.
- n. pejorative A person, especially a large male, who is clumsy or a simpleton; an idiot.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Originally, an elf's child; a changeling left by fairies or goblins; hence, a deformed or foolish child; a simpleton; an idiot.
- n. A clumsy or awkward person.
- n. an awkward stupid person
- From auf, Old Norse álfr ("elf") ( > Norwegian bokmål alv). Akin to German Alb ("incubus"). (Wiktionary)
- Old Norse alfr, elf, silly person; see albho- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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