# I heard Santa's little helper insult me!

A seasonal cryptic-crossword-style clue:

"I heard Santa's little helper insult me! (7)"

• Where's the definition? Also, generally uncommon phrases are clued word-by-word rather than as a whole. – Deusovi Jan 2 '16 at 16:07
• @Deusovi just one word (your second answer). – A E Jan 2 '16 at 16:13
• I meant in the clue. Cryptic clues have a definition and wordplay. – Deusovi Jan 2 '16 at 16:19
• Yeah, 'santa's little helper' is doing double service. Rules differ anyway. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – A E Jan 2 '16 at 16:39

Hm, is it

RUDE ELF / RUDOLPH?

It wouldn't quite fit cryptic crossword style, and I'm not sure where the definition would be, but at least I sort of have the

homophone from "I heard"

• The clue states it is one word, so it's not your first answer. It's most likely your second answer. – Joel Reyes Noche Jan 2 '16 at 15:16

Tony Cox

Reason:

It's a 7 character.
He's an actor, who played a role of Little helper in bad santa movie released in 2003.

• It has two words composed of 8 letters. How does that fit the "(7)" clue? – Joel Reyes Noche Jan 2 '16 at 13:14
• Interesting attempt, but no, not what I was going for. – A E Jan 2 '16 at 14:31

I believe that the answer may be

SELFISH

My rationale is the following:

I heard = Anagram
Santa's little helper = ELF
insult = HISS
me! = Definition (including the exclamation point)

• Nice alternative answer! – A E Jan 2 '16 at 22:16