Elf and Fairy

Elf

An elf (plural: elves) is a type of supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore. Elves are first attested in Old English and Old Norse texts and are prominent in traditional British and Scandinavian folklore.

elf n 1: (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous [syn: {hob}, {gremlin}, {pixie}, {pixy}, {brownie}, {imp}] 2: below 3 kilohertz [syn: {extremely low frequency}] [also: {elves} (pl)]

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97 Moby Thesaurus words for "elf": Ariel, Befind, Corrigan, Dingbelle, Fifinella, Finnbeara, Hob, Hobgoblin, JD, Lilliputian, Mab, Oberon, Puck, Titania, Tom Thumb, bad boy, bad fairy, bad peri, banshee, booger, brat, brownie, buffoon, bugger, cluricaune, cutup, devil, deviling, devilkin, diablotin, dwarf, enfant terrible, erlking, fairy, fairy queen, fay, funmaker, gamin, gnome, goblin, gremlin, hob, holy terror, homunculus, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, imp, joker, jokester, juvenile delinquent, knave, kobold, leprechaun, little devil, little monkey, little rascal, manikin, midge, midget, minx, mischief, mischief-maker, ouphe, peewee, peri, pip-squeak, pixie, poltergeist, pooka, practical joker, prankster, puca, puck, punk, punk kid, pwca, pygmy, rapscallion, rascal, rogue, rowdy, ruffian, runt, scamp, scapegrace, shrimp, spoiled brat, sprite, sylph, sylphid, tokoloshe, urchin, wag, wart, whippersnapper, young devil

Elves \Elves\, n.; pl. of {Elf}. [1913 Webster] Elvish \Elv"ish\, a. 1. Pertaining to elves; implike; mischievous; weird; also, vacant; absent in demeanor. See {Elfish}. [1913 Webster] He seemeth elvish by his countenance. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Mysterious; also, foolish. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Elf \Elf\, v. t. To entangle mischievously, as an elf might do. [1913 Webster] Elf all my hair in knots. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Elf \Elf\ ([e^]lf), n.; pl. {Elves} ([e^]lvz). [AS. [ae]lf, ylf; akin to MHG. alp, G. alp nightmare, incubus, Icel. [=a]lfr elf, Sw. alf, elfva; cf. Skr. [.r]bhu skillful, artful, rabh to grasp. Cf. {Auf}, {Oaf}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Every elf, and fairy sprite, Hop as light as bird from brier. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A very diminutive person; a dwarf. [1913 Webster] {Elf arrow}, a flint arrowhead; -- so called by the English rural folk who often find these objects of prehistoric make in the fields and formerly attributed them to fairies; -- called also {elf bolt}, {elf dart}, and {elf shot}. {Elf child}, a child supposed to be left by elves, in room of one they had stolen. See {Changeling}. {Elf fire}, the ignis fatuus. --Brewer. {Elf owl} (Zo["o]l.), a small owl ({Micrathene Whitneyi}) of Southern California and Arizona. [1913 Webster]

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Fairy

A fairy (also faery, faerie, fay, fae; euphemistically wee folk, good folk, people of peace, fair folk, etc.) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural.

fairy n 1: small, human in form, playful, having magical powers [syn: {faery}, {faerie}, {sprite}] 2: offensive terms for an openly homosexual man [syn: {fagot}, {faggot}, {fag}, {nance}, {pansy}, {queen}, {queer}, {poof}, {poove}, {pouf}]

95 Moby Thesaurus words for "fairy": Ariel, Befind, Corrigan, Finnbeara, Mab, Oberon, Titania, air, auntie, banshee, bi-guy, bisexual, brownie, bubble, bull dyke, butch, catamite, chaff, chicken, chip, cluricaune, cobweb, cork, down, dust, dwarf, dyke, elf, elfin, elfish, elflike, ether, faery, fag, faggot, fairy queen, fairyish, fairylike, fay, feather, femme, flit, flue, fluff, foam, fricatrice, froth, fruit, fuzz, gnome, gnomelike, gnomish, goblin, gossamer, gremlin, gunsel, hob, homo, homophile, homosexual, homosexualist, imp, invert, kobold, leprechaun, lesbian, mote, nance, ouphe, pansy, pathic, peri, pixie, pixieish, pooka, puca, puck, punk, pwca, queen, queer, sapphist, sponge, sprite, spume, straw, sylph, sylphid, sylphidine, sylphine, sylphish, sylphlike, sylphy, thistledown, tribade

Fairy \Fair"y\, n.; pl. {Fairies}. [OE. fairie, faierie, enchantment, fairy folk, fairy, OF. faerie enchantment, F. f['e]er, fr. LL. Fata one of the goddesses of fate. See {Fate}, and cf. {Fay} a fairy.] [Written also {fa["e]ry}.] 1. Enchantment; illusion. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The God of her has made an end, And fro this worlde's fairy Hath taken her into company. --Gower. [1913 Webster] 2. The country of the fays; land of illusions. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He [Arthur] is a king y-crowned in Fairy. --Lydgate. [1913 Webster] 3. An imaginary supernatural being or spirit, supposed to assume a human form (usually diminutive), either male or female, and to meddle for good or evil in the affairs of mankind; a fay. See {Elf}, and {Demon}. [1913 Webster] The fourth kind of spirit [is] called the Fairy. --K. James. [1913 Webster] And now about the caldron sing, Like elves and fairies in a ring. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. An enchantress. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] {Fairy of the mine}, an imaginary being supposed to inhabit mines, etc. German folklore tells of two species; one fierce and malevolent, the other gentle, See {Kobold}. [1913 Webster] No goblin or swart fairy of the mine Hath hurtful power over true virginity. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Fairy \Fair"y\, a. 1. Of or pertaining to fairies. [1913 Webster] 2. Given by fairies; as, fairy money. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] {Fairy bird} (Zo["o]l.), the Euoropean little tern ({Sterna minuta}); -- called also {sea swallow}, and {hooded tern}. {Fairy bluebird}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Bluebird}. {Fairy martin} (Zo["o]l.), a European swallow ({Hirrundo ariel}) that builds flask-shaped nests of mud on overhanging cliffs. {Fairy rings} or {Fairy circles}, the circles formed in grassy lawns by certain fungi (as {Marasmius Oreades}), formerly supposed to be caused by fairies in their midnight dances; also, the mushrooms themselves. Such circles may have diameters larger than three meters. {Fairy shrimp} (Zo["o]l.), a European fresh-water phyllopod crustacean ({Chirocephalus diaphanus}); -- so called from its delicate colors, transparency, and graceful motions. The name is sometimes applied to similar American species. {Fairy stone} (Paleon.), an echinite. [1913 Webster]

FAIRY, n. A creature, variously fashioned and endowed, that formerly inhabited the meadows and forests. It was nocturnal in its habits, and somewhat addicted to dancing and the theft of children. The fairies are now believed by naturalist to be extinct, though a clergyman of the Church of England saw three near Colchester as lately as 1855, while passing through a park after dining with the lord of the manor. The sight greatly staggered him, and he was so affected that his account of it was incoherent. In the year 1807 a troop of fairies visited a wood near Aix and carried off the daughter of a peasant, who had been seen to enter it with a bundle of clothing. The son of a wealthy _bourgeois_ disappeared about the same time, but afterward returned. He had seen the abduction been in pursuit of the fairies. Justinian Gaux, a writer of the fourteenth century, avers that so great is the fairies' power of transformation that he saw one change itself into two opposing armies and fight a battle with great slaughter, and that the next day, after it had resumed its original shape and gone away, there were seven hundred bodies of the slain which the villagers had to bury. He does not say if any of the wounded recovered. In the time of Henry III, of England, a law was made which prescribed the death penalty for "Kyllynge, wowndynge, or mamynge" a fairy, and it was universally respected.

Data Sources:

  • elf: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • elf: Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002)
  • elf: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • elf: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • elf: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • elf: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • elf: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • fairy: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • fairy: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • fairy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • fairy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • fairy: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)

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