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

  • noun The quality of being elfish.

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  • noun The quality or state of being elfish.


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elfish +‎ -ness


  • Her winsomeness and her elfishness departed from her, she began to wither, she grew tense.

    The Plumed Serpent

  • The pressure of her fingers accented the slight uptilt of her brows to elfishness, and her look was introspective.

    The Coast of Chance

  • But his real reason was that he was bored by the perpetual elfishness of the Elves, and wanted to see the great ugly Trolls trying to behave like gentlemen for a change.

    On Something

  • I could understand how the fascination might become an enduring thing; a great love; how Ascher would still be drawn to the woman long after the elfishness of girlhood passed away.

    Gossamer 1915

  • It was a charming but not extravagant slip of bright green chiffon and suited her elfishness admirably, as he told her.

    Black Oxen

  • Tonsured doll-babies in flowered gowns, such as one buys at home in the Oriental shops, are walking about here alive, and flying queer-shaped kites, with a sort of calm unconscious elfishness befitting dwellers in fairyland.

    In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World


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