Definition of gremlin
: a cause of error or equipment malfunction (as in aircraft) conceived of as a small mischievous gnome
Examples of gremlin in a Sentence
during the World Wars, fighter pilots adopted the fanciful notion that gremlins were responsible for mechanical failures on their planes
Recent Examples of gremlin from the Web
Unfortunately, checking boxes on a Land Rover order sheet can’t fix the SUV’s electronic gremlins.
But there is no question that Comey’s testimony will be damning for Trump, his gremlins in the White House, and the party that defends him.
This three-time repeat has put to rest any lingering suspicions of gremlins in the data.
If that wasn’t enough to make Gremlins 2 timely, the movie has fun with another key 2016 media figure, Hulk Hogan, who shows up and forces the Gremlins to stand down.
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Origin and Etymology of gremlin
First Known Use: 1941See Words from the same year
GREMLIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gremlin for English Language Learners
: a small imaginary creature that is blamed when something (such as a machine) does not work properly
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