kobold

noun ko·bold \ ˈkō-ˌbȯld \

Definition of kobold

1 : a gnome that in German folklore inhabits underground places
2 : an often mischievous domestic spirit of German folklore

Examples of kobold in a Sentence

  1. the metal cobalt gets its name from the medieval Germanic belief that its appearance in silver ore was the handiwork of mischievous, thieving kobolds

Origin and Etymology of kobold

German — more at cobalt

kobold Synonyms



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up kobold? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

ditzy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!