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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj elvish usually good-naturedly mischievous "perpetrated a practical joke with elfin delight","elvish tricks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Elvish Mysterious; also, foolish.
    • Elvish Pertaining to elves; implike; mischievous; weird; also, vacant; absent in demeanor. See Elfish. "He seemeth elvish by his countenance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elvish See elfish, elfishly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Elvish elf-like, mischievous: tricky: disguised
    • Elvish . See under Elf.
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In literature:

The phrase is a fine one, and suggests a mystic, elvish, nocturnal hunting.
"The Club of Queer Trades" by G. K. Chesterton
They call their tubs and stools by quaint, elvish, and almost affectionate names, as if they were their own children!
"Tremendous Trifles" by G. K. Chesterton
He semeth elvish by his contenaunce.
"English Literature" by William J. Long
There at the ladder's foot sat the elvish toad, and it seemed to me that it looked pitifully up at the light.
"King Olaf's Kinsman" by Charles Whistler
He had a wailing, chanting, elvish manner of speech.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
The Provost of Notting Hill seemed to have fallen into a kind of trance; in his eyes was an elvish light.
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
The biographer dwells with loving and smiling particularity on the elvish phases of the young knight-errant.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
The elvish child then laughed aloud.
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
She seemed small and uncanny, elvish, in her nightdress.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Hence with your elvish face, and take care of yourself.
"The Shepherd's Calendar" by James Hogg
At hide and seek, among the ruffled waves, The eerie shadows play in elvish glee.
"Virginia, A Tragedy" by Marion Forster Gilmore
He seemeth elvish by his countenance, For unto no wight doth he dalliance.
"Chaucer and His England" by G. G. Coulton
We have had hubbub, we have had humour, and now we have a musical ending elvish, roguish, and yet exquisite in sentiment.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé

In poetry:

Yet, America,
Your elvishness.
Your New England uncanniness,
Your western brutal faery quality.
"The Evening Land" by D H Lawrence
Yet many a time the willful soul
I brought from Faerie,
Runs riot in my elvish blood,
And breaks the heart in me.
"The Elf-Child" by Cicely Fox Smith
The livelong day the elvish leaves
Danced with their shadows on the floor;
And the lost children of the wind
Went straying homeward by our door.
"The Eavesdropper" by Bliss William Carman
For ancient king and elvish lord
There many a gleaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught,
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.
"Over The Misty Mountains Cold" by J R R Tolkien
Dark, elvish,
Modern, unissued, uncanny America,
Your nascent demon people
Lurking among the deeps of your industrial thicket
Allure me till I am beside myself,
A nympholepht.
"The Evening Land" by D H Lawrence
Then those with Gareth for so long a space
Stared at the figures, that at last it seemed
The dragon-boughts and elvish emblemings
Began to move, seethe, twine and curl: they called
To Gareth, 'Lord, the gateway is alive.'
"Gareth And Lynette" by Alfred Lord Tennyson