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From elf +‎ lock.


elflock (plural elflocks)

  1. (now rare) A lock of hair that is tangled.
    • 1828, Mary Russell Mitford, “The Fisherman in his Married State” in Our Village, London: G.B. Whittaker, p. 278,[1]
      Never was even washerwoman more untidy. A cap all rags, from which the hair came straggling in elf-locks over a face which generally looked red-hot []
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, in The China Governess[2]:
      The face which emerged was not reassuring. […]. He was not a mongol but there was a deficiency of a sort there, and it was not made more pretty by a latter-day hair cut which involved eccentrically long elf-locks and oiled black curls.



  • Random House Dictionary, 2nd Edition. Unabridged, 1987.