Someone who's tiny and a bit fragile can be described as elfin. Your grandmother might be especially proud of her little elfin feet.

Small people and children are often described as having elfin faces, particularly if there's a mischievous spark in their eyes. If your friend's ears are unusually petite — and rather adorable — you can describe them as elfin. The word clearly comes from elf, and it's sometimes used to mean "relating to elves," though it more commonly means "tiny like an elf." Edmund Spenser first used the word elfin in his 1590 epic poem, "The Faerie Queene."

Definitions of elfin

adj small and delicate

“she was an elfin creature--graceful and delicate”
“obsessed by things elfin and small”
little, small
limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent

adj usually good-naturedly mischievous

“perpetrated a practical joke with elfin delight”
elfish, elvish
full of fun and high spirits

adj suggestive of an elf in strangeness and otherworldliness

“thunderbolts quivered with elfin flares of heat lightning”
not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material

adj relating to or made or done by or as if by an elf

elfin bells”
“all the little creatures joined in the elfin dance”

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