ko·​bold | \ ˈkō-ˌbȯld How to pronounce kobold (audio) \

Definition of kobold

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

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Examples of kobold in a Sentence

the metal cobalt gets its name from the medieval Germanic belief that its appearance in silver ore was the handiwork of mischievous, thieving kobolds
Recent Examples on the Web Otherworldly cities modeled on real ones have been a standby of fantasy, from Superman’s Metropolis through China Miéville’s Un Lun Dun to Michael Swanwick’s Babel, with its haints and kobolds, ethnic politics and human ward-heelers. Tom Shippey, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of kobold

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kobold

German — more at cobalt

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“Kobold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kobold. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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