Adjective "elf" definition and examples

(Elf may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ɛlf/

Definitions and examples

noun

A supernatural creature of folk tales, typically represented as a small, delicate, elusive figure in human form with pointed ears, magical powers, and a capricious nature.
  1. 'with his pointed chin, he might have been an elf out of story-land'
  2. 'The friendship between Legolas and Gimli unites elves and dwarves, traditionally enemies.'
  3. 'At this time, the humans and elves were able to live peaceably with each other.'
  4. 'We cannot be together because a human and an elf are not meant to fall in love.'
  5. 'There are elves and centaurs and unicorns and mermaids and flying lynxes and all shapes of mythical things.'
  6. 'As an elf, she had a great love of nature so she felt it was her mission to keep these plants alive.'
  7. 'I said to her, if she really was a fairy, she should watch out for the elves that lived around the halls.'
  8. 'They say that there was a war between good and bad and the souls were the reminiscence of the humans and elves that fought.'
  9. 'The faces below him were a mixture of men, elves, fair folk, and dwarves.'
  10. 'Pandora had never seen a girl elf or a young elf and wondered if they also had long white beads.'
  11. 'For a start, it is in a little house in the woodland beside the hotel, leading me to suspect that the staff would be elves and pixies.'

Extremely low frequency.

    More definitions

    1. (in folklore) one of a class of preternatural beings, especially from mountainous regions, with magical powers, given to capricious and often mischievous interference in human affairs, and usually imagined to be a diminutive being in human form; sprite; fairy.

    2. a diminutive person, especially a child.

    3. a mischievous person, especially a child.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "workers can be elf."

    Origin

    Old English, of Germanic origin; related to German Alp ‘nightmare’.