What does the word elf mean?

Usage examples for elf

  1. We see him entering the hall of University College- a tall, shy stripling, bronzed with the September sun, with long elf- locks. – Oxford by Lang, Andrew
  2. Alix put on an old green shantung frock and a string of amber beads; she looked thin, childish, elf- like; her eyes were rather narrowed under brooding brows. – Non-combatants and Others by Rose Macaulay
  3. She was not a beauty; but altogether, with her real or assumed languor, her strange eyes that might mean lasciviousness or might arouse your pity, her parted lips which would seem to protest of weariness or be ready to whisper a naughty secret to you, with her elf- like form that made her appear at once a dainty innocent thing and a pretty witch- she was a woman possessing a terribly fascinating power and capable of any devilish human accomplishment. – The Spiritualists and the Detectives by Allan Pinkerton