from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to elves.
- adj. Prankish; mischievous.
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- adj. Characteristic of an elf
- adj. mischievous
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or relating to the elves; elflike; implike; weird; scarcely human; mischievous, as though caused by elves.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to elves or to elf-land; of the nature of an elf; caused by or characteristic of elves; peevish; spiteful: as, an elfish being; elfish mischief.
- Distracted or bewitched by elves; distraught or abstracted, as if bewitched.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. usually good-naturedly mischievous
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Saunders took it as a compliment; and, indeed, it was done with a kind of elfish grace, which cast a glamour over his eyes.
For "elfish" means bewitched by the elves, and hence vacant or absent in demeanour.
Mitch Daniels is a short, bald, kind of elfish looking man.
But there's a kind of elfish contestant who always does well despite the possibility of vanishing in a cloud of unicorn glitter were he to sing something arousing.
In addition to these — and they were all on deck, chattering and piping in queer, almost elfish, falsetto voices — were the two white men, Captain
“I have come to clap you!” he exulted, his elfish frame standing barely higher than the podium.
As I got out of the van, the elfish old fellow whom I now realized was not there to pump my gas, asked if I was headed east.
Their Chipmunk-cute characterizations are exceptionally well done: Malone's elfish Suzy, Jackson's hard-nosed Betty Jean, Cotton's geeky Missy, and Taylor's smoldering, snooty Cindy Lou.
She looks like a French gamine, a little on the elfish side.
"We considered adding dwarfish or elfish, but then decided to add the second most spoken fictional language in the world after Esperanto, which is Klingon."