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goblin (ˈɡɒblɪn Pronunciation for goblin



  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'

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)
The dictionary also says that gnome can be used to mean a dwarf or a goblin ," Bob went on.
Arthur, Robert Three in One
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)


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