Definition of elfin in English:
1(With reference to a person) small and delicate, typically with an attractively mischievous or strange charm: she looked up at him with an elfin grin
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- Vanessa sits cross-legged on her bed in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, a tiny, elfin figure with a striking, delicate face that looks as if it has been gently chiselled from creamy alabaster.
- In another one of Random Acts's monologues, a petite, elfin woman in a peach sweater squares herself off at the confessor's table, and begins to talk with a slight southern lilt.
- The tiny, elfin figure that is Canada's most lauded novelist is sipping cappuccino from a china cup in an opulent hotel lounge.
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1 archaic An elf.
- And Yarthe was empty, but for the elfin, and the elfin quite naturally took it for theirs.
- His clan was that of no other, contrary to the beliefs of all other races, Masheleec Urik conceived that the Duroug elfins were a striking image of some god, whose obligation it was to drive all other races to the brink of utter destruction.
- A combative elfin gets a mission to snaffle a magic book in the country of Moria.
late 16th century: from elf, probably suggested by Middle English elvene 'of elves', and by Elphin, the name of a character in Arthurian romance.
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