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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elf, hob, gremlin, pixie, pixy, brownie, imp(noun)

    (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous

  2. extremely low frequency, ELF(noun)

    below 3 kilohertz


  1. elf(Noun)

    A mythical, supernatural being resembling but seen as distinct from humans.

  2. elf(Noun)

    A luminous spirit presiding over nature and fertility and dwelling in the world of u00C1lfheim (Elfland). Compare angel, nymph, fairy.

  3. elf(Noun)

    Any of the magical, humanoid, typically forest-guarding races bearing some similarities to the Norse u00E1lfar (through Tolkien's Eldar).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elf(noun)

    an imaginary supernatural being, commonly a little sprite, much like a fairy; a mythological diminutive spirit, supposed to haunt hills and wild places, and generally represented as delighting in mischievous tricks

  2. Elf(noun)

    a very diminutive person; a dwarf

  3. Elf(verb)

    to entangle mischievously, as an elf might do

  4. Elf

    of Elves

  5. Origin: [AS. lf, ylf; akin to MHG. alp, G. alp nightmare, incubus, Icel. lfr elf, Sw. alf, elfva; cf. Skr. bhu skillful, artful, rabh to grasp. Cf. Auf, Oaf.]


  1. Elf

    An elf is a type of supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore. Elves are first attested in Old English and Old Norse texts and are prominent in traditional British and Scandinavian folklore. Elves were originally thought of as ambivalent beings with certain magical abilities capable of helping or hindering humans, but in later traditions became increasingly sinister and were believed to afflict humans and livestock in various ways. In early modern folklore they became associated with the fairies of Romance culture. The Romanticist movement revived literary interest in folk beliefs and culture, and elves entered the 20th-century high fantasy genre in the wake of works published by authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien. The "Christmas elves" of contemporary popular culture are of relatively recent tradition, popularized during the late 19th century in the United States, in publications such as Godey's Lady's Book.

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