elfin vs elvish what difference

what is difference between elfin and elvish

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛlfɪn/
  • Rhymes: -ɛlfɪn

Etymology 1

From Middle English elven, from Old English elfen, ælfen (nymph, spirit, fairy), feminine of elf, ælf (elf), equivalent to elf +‎ -en. Cognate with Middle High German elbinne (a fairy, nymph).

Noun

elfin (plural elfins)

  1. An elf; an inhabitant of fairy-land.
  2. A little urchin or child.
  3. Any of the butterflies in the subgenus Incisalia of the North American lycaenid genus Callophrys.

Etymology 2

Partly from attributive use of Etymology 1, but reanalysed by Spenser as if equivalent to elf +‎ -en. Compare elven (adj), elvan.

Adjective

elfin (comparative more elfin, superlative most elfin)

  1. Relating to or resembling an elf or elves, especially in its tiny size or features.
Translations
Synonyms
  • see list in elven

Anagrams

  • lifen, nifle

Dutch

Alternative forms

  • elvin

Etymology

From elf +‎ -in.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛlˈfɪn/
  • Hyphenation: el‧fin
  • Rhymes: -ɪn

Noun

elfin f (plural elfinnen, diminutive elfinnetje n, masculine elf)

  1. A female elf (fantasy humanoid).


English

Etymology

From Middle English elvyssh, from Old English ielfisċ. Equivalent to elf +‎ -ish.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛlvɪʃ/

Adjective

elvish (comparative more elvish, superlative most elvish)

  1. Of or having to do with elves; elven.

Synonyms

  • see list in elven

Translations

References

  • WordNet: elvish

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