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gremlin

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noun grem·lin \ˈgrem-lən\

Simple Definition of gremlin

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

Full Definition of gremlin

  1. :  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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