Dwarfish vs Elfin - What's the difference?

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Dwarfish is a related term of elfin.


As adjectives the difference between dwarfish and elfin

is that dwarfish is like a dwarf; being especially small while elfin is relating to or resembling an elf, especially in its tiny size or features.

As a noun elfin is

an elf; an inhabitant of fairy-land.

dwarfish

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Like a dwarf; being especially small.
  • Of, pertaining to, or made by or for dwarves.
  • dwarfish axes are some of the finest weapons available

    elfin

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) elven, from (etyl) elfen, .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An elf; an inhabitant of fairy-land.
  • A little urchin or child.
  • Etymology 2

    Partly from attributive use of Etymology 1, but reanalysed by Spenser as if equivalent to .

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Relating to or resembling an elf, especially in its tiny size or features.
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    Synonyms
    * elvish