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goblin  (ˈɡɒblɪn



  1. (in folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature, regarded as malevolent towards human beings

Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Middle High German kobolt; compare cobalt

Example Sentences Including 'goblin'

Upon a stake in the middle was set a great goblin head; upon its shattered helm the white badge could still be seen.
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)
His small, separated teeth and protruding tongue in that round, wide face gave him the look of a cheerful goblin.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)


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