- 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."Every elf, and fairy sprite, Hop as light as bird from brier." [Shak.]
- A very diminutive person; a dwarf.
Etymology: AS. ælf ylf; akin to MHG. alp, G. alp nightmare, incubus, Icel. ālfr elf, Sw. alf elfva; cf. Skr. ṛbhu skillful, artful, rabh to grasp. Cf. Auf Oaf