gob·​lin | \ ˈgä-blən How to pronounce goblin (audio) \

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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Red spells like Fireball and Lightning Bolt along with creature types like goblins and warriors make for fast games. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 In that tale, a gravedigger named Gabriel Grubb who hates Christmas is kidnapped by goblins who help him regain the holiday spirit. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Who Actually Wrote 'A Christmas Carol,' and Other Fascinating Facts About the Story," 20 Dec. 2018 Halloween might be tomorrow night, but stylish ghouls and goblins got a leg up on the festivities over the weekend at the raging Halloween bash hosted by Allison Sarofim. Vogue, "Allison Sarofim Hosts Her Annual Epic Halloween Bash," 30 Oct. 2018 Black people are only fit to live underground like groveling goblins. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Twitter apologizes after conservative commentator Candace Owens was briefly locked out of her account," 6 Aug. 2018 Sophisticated, witty and sharply political, the book tells of the elf Brangwain Spurge and the goblin Werfel, two scholars from feuding kingdoms who are swept into a maelstrom of espionage, deceit and prejudice. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Heavyweight Contenders," 22 Nov. 2018 Any witch, wizard, warlock, goblin, and or muggle can agree that there is nothing more enchanting than a well packaged (and scented) seasonal candle. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "5 Harry Potter Holiday Candles," 9 Nov. 2018 Plenty of famous people have their names immortalized in a latin species name, from David Attenborough (Prethopalpus attenboroughi, the goblin spider) to Hugh Hefner (Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, a rabbit, of course). Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Newly Discovered Ancient Wasp Species Gets Its Name from David Bowie," 23 June 2017 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

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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

go blank


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 How to pronounce goblin (audio) \

Kids Definition of goblin

: an ugly and often evil imaginary creature

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