gremlin

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noun grem·lin \ˈgrem-lən\

Definition of gremlin

  1. :  a cause of error or equipment malfunction (as in aircraft) conceived of as a small mischievous gnome

Examples of gremlin in a Sentence

  1. during the World Wars, fighter pilots adopted the fanciful notion that gremlins were responsible for mechanical failures on their planes

Origin and Etymology of gremlin

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1941


GREMLIN Defined for English Language Learners

gremlin

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noun grem·lin \ˈgrem-lən\

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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