gob·lin | \ˈgä-blən \

Definition of goblin 

: an ugly or grotesque sprite that is usually mischievous and sometimes evil and malicious

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Examples of goblin in a Sentence

dressed up the toddlers like goblins for Halloween

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Instead of being attractive in any way, Count Orlok is truly a freaky creature of the night, all frighteningly long fingers and goblin-esque facial features. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Hotel Transylvania 3': Ranking the best movie Draculas, from Bela Lugosi to Adam Sandler," 9 July 2018 One cliché of epic fantasy is that any connection, let alone intermarriage, between orcs and goblins on one side and human beings on the other is utterly unthinkable. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: A New Novel Destined to Be a Classic," 28 June 2018 Renaissance Faire Elves, fairies, orcs, goblins, animal-kin and dwarves populate the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire, which continues June 30 and July 1 and July 7 and 8 at Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Highway, Ansonia. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Things To Do This Week," 25 June 2018 Gringott’s Bank was featured in the very first Harry Potter movie, when Hagrid picks up the young Harry and comes here to meet with the goblins. Christine Van Blokland, USA TODAY, "Take Me Away: Harry Potter filming locations in England and Scotland," 6 June 2018 Then, load up your goblins and get ready to get the shivers! Mali Anderson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ideas for celebrating Halloween with kids: From the not-so-scary to the downright spooky," 16 Oct. 2017 MagiQuest players play by purchasing a wand that will store all of their quests, which include the slaying dragons and goblins in different realms. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Construction nears the home stretch at Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee," 18 Apr. 2018 Robert Scheer/IndyStar Gen Con is no stranger to the color green: dragons' scales, witches' brews and goblins' faces plaster the hundreds of games at the annual event. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Gen Con 2018 to slay waste with new sustainability efforts at gaming event," 18 Apr. 2018 Its members liked to call themselves kleagles, goblins and other names of darkling potency, to meet in solemn 'konklaves,' burn a fiery cross upon a distant hill and, perchance, frighten a Negro child outnumbered 100 to 1. The Washington Post, AL.com, "An Alabama-born preacher helped revive the KKK in 1915," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of goblin

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for goblin

Middle English gobelin, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gobelinus, ultimately from Greek kobalos rogue

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Dictionary Entries near goblin

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goblet cell


go blind



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English Language Learners Definition of goblin

in stories : an ugly and sometimes evil creature that likes to cause trouble


gob·lin | \ˈgä-blən \

Kids Definition of goblin

: an ugly and often evil imaginary creature

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