Definition of elfin
1a : of, relating to, or produced by an elfb : resembling an elf especially in its tiny size elfin portions
2 : having an otherworldly or magical quality or charm
Examples of elfin in a Sentence
They were delighted with the child's elfin charm.
the heroine in the story has an elfin beauty that men find irresistible
Recent Examples of elfin from the Web
Rita Ora's not one to play it safe in the hair world, with her choices bouncing from a platinum blond pixie at the Met Gala to long, elfin princess hair in Cannes.
Perel is small and blond, with an elfin face, intense, peppy charisma, and a Francophone accent that serves to bolster her psychoanalytic and erotic authority.
A white-haired man of 65 with an elfin face, Haidary rides his bicycle to work and back.
In an interview with The Wrap, everybody's favorite earthbound elfin alien explained the inspiration behind her character Lucy Mirando in Okja, head of the evil corporation that genetically engineers the titular animal.
Looking like an elfin version of Stenberg—down to the wide-set eyes and shaved head—
Among its regulars was one Jane Auer Bowles, an extravagant woman of elfin physique who, by the end of her days, had taken to wearing a conspicuous wig.
But what if someone, or a group of someones—say, traders in Mexico—had a simple solution to the problem that wouldn’t involve prying @realDonaldTrump from the soon-to-be president’s elfin hands?
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Origin and Etymology of elfin
irregular from elf
First Known Use: 1590See Words from the same year
ELFIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of elfin for English Language Learners
: having to do with elves : looking like an elf
ELFIN Defined for Kids
Definition of elfin for Students
: relating to elves
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