Pygmy vs Elfin - What's the difference?

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Pygmy is a synonym of elfin.


As nouns the difference between pygmy and elfin

is that pygmy is (often capitalized, usually in the plural: pygmies ) a member of one of various ancient equatorial african tribal peoples, notable for their very short stature while elfin is an elf; an inhabitant of fairy-land.

As adjectives the difference between pygmy and elfin

is that pygmy is relating or belonging to the pygmy people while elfin is relating to or resembling an elf, especially in its tiny size or features.

pygmy

English

(Pygmies)

Alternative forms

* pigmy

Noun

(pygmies)
  • (often capitalized, usually in the plural: Pygmies ) A member of one of various Ancient Equatorial African tribal peoples, notable for their very short stature
  • The Bantu immigration drove many Pygmy''' tribes into the darkest jungle, while other ' Pygmies were reduced to cohabitation in a subservient status
  • (Greek mythology) A member of a race of dwarfs
  • ''Homer and Herodote mentioned Pygmies in India (which would fit the Andamanese Negritoes) or Ethiopia (then meaning all Subsaharan Africa)
  • (figuratively) Any dwarfish person
  • ''Everyone looked like Pygmies whenever giant Joe joined his classmates
  • (figuratively) An insignificant person, at least in some respect
  • ''Despite his towering stature, the minister proved a political pygmy

    Synonyms

    * dwarf * midget

    Antonyms

    * giant

    Derived terms

    * pygmyish * pygmyism * pygmy hippopotamus * pygmy sperm whale

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Relating or belonging to the Pygmy people
  • Like a pygmy; unusually short or small for its kind
  • ''Soil exhaustion ultimately produces a pygmy crop at best

    Synonyms

    * pygmyish * dwarfish

    See also

    * Negrito

    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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  • *:Three chairs of the steamer type, all maimed, comprised the furniture of this roof-garden, withon one of the copings a row of four red clay flower-pots filled with sun-baked dust from which gnarled and rusty stalks thrust themselves up like withered elfin limbs.
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    Synonyms
    * elvish