Definition of goblin in English:

goblin

Line breaks: gob¦lin
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɒblɪn
 
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noun

A mischievous, ugly, dwarf-like creature of folklore.
More example sentences
  • There is a group of elves or goblins or aliens or something who show up as I'm drifting off.
  • Home to a wacky wizard, it's a gothic mansion packed to the rafters with mischievous goblins and no-good ghosts.
  • The other angle I read into this is that of the child-abduction by goblins and fairies in the tales of yore and of today.
Synonyms
hobgoblin, gnome, dwarf, troll, imp, elf, sprite, brownie, fairy, pixie; Scottishkelpie; Irishleprechaun, pooka
archaic bugbear, hob

Origin

Middle English: from Old French gobelin, possibly related to German Kobold (see kobold) or to Greek kobalos 'mischievous goblin'. In medieval Latin Gobelinus occurs as the name of a mischievous spirit, said to haunt Évreux in northern France in the 12th century.

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