goblin

noun
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

Examples of goblin in a Sentence

dressed up the toddlers like goblins for Halloween
Recent Examples on the Web Magic Portal: Teams steps into a world of trolls and mythical beasts, separated from mankind by magic portals, each guarded by a goblin. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 6 July 2022 Magic Portal: Teams steps into a world of trolls and mythical beasts, separated from mankind by magic portals, each guarded by a goblin. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 6 July 2022 On Monday, in the city of Highland Park, Ill., a deranged goblin of a man opened fire on a July 4 parade, killing seven innocent people and wounding three dozen others. The Editors, National Review, 6 July 2022 Magic Portal: Teams steps into a world of trolls and mythical beasts, separated from mankind by magic portals, each guarded by a goblin. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 6 July 2022 Magic Portal: Teams steps into a world of trolls and mythical beasts, separated from mankind by magic portals, each guarded by a goblin. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 1 June 2022 This fantasy drama, also called Goblin, stars Gong Yoo as Kim Shin, an immortal goblin who has lived for 900 years, and searches for a human wife who can end his life. Quinci Legardye, Marie Claire, 5 Oct. 2021 Everyone wants puppies; not everyone wants a decrepit goblin with dental disease. Elena Lacey, Wired, 5 Nov. 2020 All manner of businesses—hairdressers, dry cleaners, hardware stores, pasta shops—in my neighborhood are decorated in some variation of the ghost-goblin-witch-pumpkin schtick these days. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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4 Aug 2022

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“Goblin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goblin. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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goblin

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

Kids Definition of goblin

: an ugly and often evil imaginary creature

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