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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The autumn sun gives the greens of the fields an impossible, mythic radiance and transforms the back roads into light-muddled paths where a goblin with a riddle, or a pretty maiden with a basket, could be waiting around every gorse-and-bramble bend. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2020 Those who have the courage can create their own groups and meet Sherry Spenzer (local author, historian and chief ghost-and-goblin tour director) at the mysterious cemetery located at 32808 Lake Road in Avon Lake. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 21 Sep. 2020 Along the way, yokai transformed from superstition to satire, as artists began employing goblins to slyly comment on politics or current events. Matt Alt, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2020 On the eve of Hannukah, Hershel must use his wits and courage to defeat the goblins, who are fierce and scary, but also foolish. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, 9 Dec. 2019 The recognizable shops still line the set, including Ollivanders, Flourish & Blotts, as well as the goblin bank, Gringotts, and a later addition, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2020 This musical adaptation of Eric Kimmel’s timeless story about Hershel of Ostropol and his fight against a series of goblins who haunt the old synagogue returns to Strawdog, featuring a book by Michael Dailey and music and lyrics by Jacob Combs. Hannah Herrera Greenspan, chicagotribune.com, 21 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of goblin was in the 14th century

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“Goblin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goblin. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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