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  Dictionary Definition of elf

elf
noun ( plural elves )

1. one of a class of imaginary beings, especially from mountainous regions, with magical powers, given to capricious interference in human affairs, and usually imagined to be a diminutive being in human form; a sprite; a fairy.
2. a dwarf or a small child.
3. a small, mischievous person.
[ME, backformation from elven, OE elfen nymph (feminine elf), representing OE ślf, c. G Alp nightmare (def. 3), incubus]
-- elflike, adjective