from The Century Dictionary.

  • In the manner of elves; mischievously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In an elfish manner.

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  • adverb In an elfish manner; mischievously.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

elfish +‎ -ly


  • The judge was a small man with a balding head and ears that stuck out elfishly.

    Mending Places

  • As they approached the gate they shifted to human-form, becoming a handsome young man and an elfishly small but also quite pretty woman.

    Blue Adept

  • She laughed elfishly at him, her head swaying faintly with the rhythm.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows

  • When she saw the last spoonful vanish, she smiled elfishly.

    Marjorie Dean High School Sophomore

  • It danced elfishly, and trippingly -- for very joy it made one laugh.

    Joyce of the North Woods

  • The bells rang out; while the Troll, hidden in the branches of a tree close to the entrance door, glanced first at the procession and then at a wedge of wood sticking out of the stone mouth of the Fountain, and he laughed elfishly.

    Soap-Bubble Stories For Children

  • Her pinched features and over-wise eyes told a tale of suffering, and so did her high-pitched, quivering voice, as it made elfishly sharp remarks about the boys until they blenched before her.

    Camp and Trail A Story of the Maine Woods

  • ON an early June evening Rainbow Valley was an entirely delightful place and the children felt it to be so, as they sat in the open glade where the bells rang elfishly on the Tree Lovers, and the White Lady shook her green tresses.

    Rainbow Valley

  • But Flamby eluded him with ease, gliding behind the trunk of a friendly oak and peering out at the enraged man elfishly.

    The Orchard of Tears

  • A boy of six, straight and well-grown, with dark hair and eyes, who held by the hand a small toddling person with damp rings of golden hair: behind them a slender little girl, a little too shadowy for a mother's heart to be easy; with big brown eyes peeping elfishly from a cloud of brown curls.

    Captain Jim


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