gremlin

noun grem·lin \ ˈgrem-lən \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of gremlin

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GREMLIN Defined for English Language Learners

gremlin

noun

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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