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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person regarded as stupid or clumsy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An elf's child; a changeling left by fairies or goblins, hence, a deformed or foolish child.
  • n. A person, especially a large male, who is clumsy or a simpleton; an idiot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an awkward stupid person


Old Norse alfr, elf, silly person; see albho- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From auf, Old Norse álfr ("elf") ( > Norwegian bokmål alv). Akin to German Alb ("incubus"). (Wiktionary)



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