goblin

noun gob·lin \ ˈgä-blən \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of goblin

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

Examples of goblin in a Sentence

  1. dressed up the toddlers like goblins for Halloween

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Origin and Etymology of goblin

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

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GOBLIN Defined for English Language Learners

goblin

noun

Definition of goblin for English Language Learners

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


GOBLIN Defined for Kids

goblin

noun gob·lin \ ˈgä-blən \

Definition of goblin for Students

:an ugly and often evil imaginary creature


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