1A legendary dwarfish creature supposed to guard the earth’s treasures underground.
- Elves and men and gnomes and goblins alike looked about in fear and confusion.
- You do not have to discourse with fairies or elves, gnomes or trolls.
- Before our modern era most people who had encounters knew that what they were dealing with were daemons, dragons, gnomes, fairies and trolls.
1.2 informal A person regarded as having secret or sinister influence, especially in financial matters: the gnomes of Zurich
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- It is said that even the bankers, known as the gnomes of Zurich because of the mounds of gold stored in underground vaults, have to relax.
- The gnomes of Zurich chugged in at seventh while Milan notched up a distant 11 th place on the Jones Lang LaSalle index.
1.3 (also garden gnome) A small garden ornament in the form of a bearded man with a pointed hat.
- I absolutely detest gnomes and the majority of people living in the big houses would not want gnomes in their gardens either.
- We are walking up a woodland path and pause to look at a group of fly agarics; the red-and-white spotted ones popular with fishing gnomes in the gardens of suburbia.
- The Front rescues gnomes from garden centres where they are insensitively placed among bottles of toxic garden chemicals.
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- We discussed designing a robot avatar for the new world, but we were quickly divided about whether the robot should be modelled after a high elf wizard or a gnomish rogue.
- These days the director of the Edinburgh International Festival is a dapper figure with three distinguishing features: shiny pate, gnomish beard, sober suit.
- He has an almost gnomish manner, an unkempt beard that he scratches at absent-mindedly and a tumble of curly black hair that bobs as he talks.