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gob·lin

 (gŏb′lĭn)
n.
A grotesque elfin creature of folklore, thought to work mischief or evil.

[Middle English gobelin, from Norman French *gobelin, name of a ghost that supposedly haunted the town of Évreux in the 12th century.]

goblin

(ˈɡɒblɪn)
n
(European Myth & Legend) (in folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature, regarded as malevolent towards human beings
[C14: from Old French, from Middle High German kobolt; compare cobalt]

gob•lin

(ˈgɒb lɪn)

n.
a grotesque sprite that is mischievous or malicious.
[1300–50; < Middle French < Middle High German kobold goblin; see kobold]
syn: goblin, gnome, gremlin refer to supernatural beings thought to be malevolent to people. goblins are demons of any size, usu. in human or animal form, that are supposed to afflict and even torture human beings. gnomes are small ugly creatures that live in the earth, guarding mines, treasures, etc. They are mysteriously malevolent and terrify human beings by causing dreadful mishaps to occur. gremlins are thought to disrupt machinery and are active in modern folklore.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goblin - (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beingsgoblin - (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
evil spirit - a spirit tending to cause harm
Translations
عِفْريت قَبيح المنظَر
skřítek
nissetrold
álfur, púki
aitvaraskaukas
rūķisvelniņš
gulyabanî

goblin

[ˈgɒblɪn] Nduende m, trasgo m

goblin

[ˈgɒblɪn] nlutin m

goblin

nKobold m

goblin

[ˈgɒblɪn] nfolletto

goblin

(ˈgoblin) noun
a mischievous, ugly spirit. a frightening fairy-story about goblins.
References in classic literature ?
He affirmed that on returning one night from the neighboring village of Sing Sing, he had been overtaken by this midnight trooper; that he had offered to race with him for a bowl of punch, and should have won it too, for Daredevil beat the goblin horse all hollow, but just as they came to the church bridge, the Hessian bolted, and vanished in a flash of fire.
Lorry became aware, from where he sat, of a most remarkable goblin shadow on the wall.
I had seen the damp lying on the outside of my little window, as if some goblin had been crying there all night, and using the window for a pocket-handkerchief.
To whom the Goblin full of wrauth reply'd, Art thou that Traitor Angel, art thou hee, Who first broke peace in Heav'n and Faith, till then Unbrok'n, and in proud rebellious Arms Drew after him the third part of Heav'ns Sons Conjur'd against the highest, for which both Thou And they outcast from God, are here condemn'd To waste Eternal daies in woe and pain?
Yet Horace Walpole wrote a goblin tale which has thrilled through many a bosom; and George Ellis could transfer all the playful fascination of a humour, as delightful as it was uncommon, into his Abridgement of the Ancient Metrical Romances.
Then Little Toomai would climb up to the top of one of the quivering stockade posts, his sun-bleached brown hair flying loose all over his shoulders, and he looking like a goblin in the torch-light.
The wine was strong and the gourd capacious, so he also began to sing after a fashion, and soon I had the delight of feeling the iron grip of his goblin legs unclasp, and with one vigorous effort I threw him to the ground, from which he never moved again.
The night will soon fall; this forest is most wild and lonely; strange noises are often heard therein after sunset; wolves haunt these glades, and Danish warriors infest the country; worse things are talked of; you might chance to hear, as it were, a child cry, and on opening the door to afford it succour, a greet black bull, or a shadowy goblin dog, might rush over the threshold; or, more awful still, if something flapped, as with wings, against the lattice, and then a raven or a white dove flew in and settled on the hearth, such a visitor would be a sure sign of misfortune to the house; therefore, heed my advice, and lift the latchet for nothing.
Anyone witnessing the scene thus lighted up by fire, lantern, and the reflection of Wolfert's red mantle, might have mistaken the little doctor for some foul magician, busied in his incantations, and the grizzly- headed negro for some swart goblin obedient to his commands.
They had no time to patch and plaster the rear walls of the empty byres that backed on to the Jungle; the wild pig trampled them down, and the knotty-rooted vines hurried after and threw their elbows over the new-won ground, and the coarse grass bristled behind the vines like the lances of a goblin army following a retreat.
The target stood up in the dim grass like a dark goblin grinning at them, and it was literally grinning.
Who--like the belated traveler that stands watching fairy revels till he snatches and drains the goblin cup and springs into the whirling circle--can view the mad tumult and not be drawn into its midst?