(noun, adjective)


1. suggestive of an elf in strangeness and otherworldliness

- thunderbolts quivered with elfin flares of heat lightning

Similar word(s): supernatural, fey

2. small and delicate

- she was an elfin creature--graceful and delicate

- obsessed by things elfin and small

Similar word(s): little, small, elflike

3. relating to or made or done by or as if by an elf

- elfin bells

- all the little creatures joined in the elfin dance

4. usually good-naturedly mischievous

- perpetrated a practical joke with elfin delight

Similar word(s): playful, elfish, elvish


1. An elf; an inhabitant of fairy-land.

2. A little urchin or child.