noun \ˈgrem-lən\

: a small imaginary creature that is blamed when something (such as a machine) does not work properly

Full Definition of GREMLIN

:  a cause of error or equipment malfunction (as in aircraft) conceived of as a small mischievous gnome

Examples of GREMLIN

  1. <during the World Wars, fighter pilots adopted the fanciful notion that gremlins were responsible for mechanical failures on their planes>

Origin of GREMLIN

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1941

Rhymes with GREMLIN


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