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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'

A bright orange nudibranch (a large slug) slowly grazes near the goblin fish.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2005)
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)
I looked up gnome in the Oxford English Dictionary, where I learned that it meant "a subterranean spirit or goblin in folklore".
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Pukel Men is from `puckle" meaning goblin or demon, which Shakespeare translated into his character Puck.
David Day Tolkien's Ring
The dictionary also says that gnome can be used to mean a dwarf or a goblin ," Bob went on.
Arthur, Robert Three in One
The hefty goblin shark was found by commercial fishermen Chris Shearer and Sam Smart in their Friday catch.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
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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