Definition of goblin
: an ugly or grotesque sprite that is usually mischievous and sometimes evil and malicious
Examples of goblin in a Sentence
dressed up the toddlers like goblins for Halloween
Recent Examples of goblin from the Web
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).
BOSTON -- Welcome to the land of the green goblins.
The mask covering his face is painted with jagged Halloween goblin teeth.
Not every Republican can be a world-historic goblin-boob like Louie Gohmert.
In a scene from Troll 2, goblins gather and get ready to feast.
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Origin and Etymology of goblin
Middle English gobelin, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gobelinus, ultimately from Greek kobalos rogue
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
GOBLIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of goblin for English Language Learners
in stories : an ugly and sometimes evil creature that likes to cause trouble
GOBLIN Defined for Kids
Definition of goblin for Students
: an ugly and often evil imaginary creature
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