What does ELF mean?

Definitions for ELFɛlf

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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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elf

    elf, n. in European folklore, a supernatural being, generally of human form but diminutive size, more malignant than a fairy: a dwarf: a tricky being:—(pl.) Elves.—v.t. (Shak.) of the hair, to entangle.—n. Elf′-child, a changeling, or a child supposed to have been left by elves in place of one stolen by them.—adj. Elf′in, of or relating to elves.—n. a little elf: a child.—adjs. Elf′ish, Elv′an, Elv′ish, elf-like, mischievous: tricky: disguised.—n. Elf′-land, the land of the elves or fairies.—n.pl. Elf′-locks (Shak.) locks of hair clotted together, supposed to have been done by elves.—ns. Elf′-shot, Elf′-bolt, Elf′-ar′row, an arrow-head of flint or stone. [A.S. ælf; cf. Ice. álfr, Sw. elf.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ELF in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ELF in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Matt Groening:

    Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig, then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.

  2. Matt Groening:

    Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig, and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.

  3. Ed Asner:

    It all blends into each other, ’Rich Man, Poor Man’ was an epiphany for me. ‘Elf’ was a delight. ‘Up’ was an unbelievable stroke. I think it ranks up at the top for Pixar. and it certainly was a wonderful shot in my arm and butt as to my career, but ‘Elf’ and ‘Up,’ I am down to single syllable names these days.

  4. James Ramsey:

    I am a little long in the tooth to be dressed up like some forest elf crawling around stalking 'hogs but it is just as fun as I remembered it,' i have a good time and the farmers get rid of a pest. As you look at the soybean fields, you'll see what we call 'ice cream cones.' The point of the ice cream cone is where the groundhog's burrow is. He'll eat in a semicircle out from his burrow. Groundhogs love eating fresh soybeans coming out of the ground.

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