- a grotesque sprite or elf that is mischievous or malicious toward people.
Origin of goblin
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Examples from the Web for goblins
Yet most people outside that little circle still believe in witches and ghosts and goblins, and are very pagan-minded.Inside 'Sons of Anarchy's' Final Season: Creator Kurt Sutter on the Most Brutal Season Yet
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It was weird, but not as weird as the goblins, ghosts, and other stock fiction figures mixing with the masses on the street.How Military Veterans Led Sandy Volunteer Efforts
October 28, 2013
You can substitute fairies and goblins, with the stars, the galaxies, and looking down a microscope.Rediscovering Richard Dawkins: An Interview
September 23, 2013
He even aids the group by distracting a herd of goblins on their tail (a scene dreamed up by Jackson).‘The Hobbit’: 19 Changes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel to Peter Jackson’s Movie
December 14, 2012
Candy, costumes, ghosts, and goblins: Halloween makes for a great movie moment.‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘Mean Girls’ & More Halloween Movie Scenes (VIDEO)
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To me they sounded suspiciously like the goblins in my goblin book.The Harbor
He invoked the spirit of his mother; he brought together an assembly of elves and goblins.Imogen
I was never the victim of fear of goblins and ghosts because I was never taught them.Adventures in the Arts
But when the Goblins arrived they looked at the table with dismay.
The Fairies and the Goblins hurried to the kitchen in the hollow, but it was empty.
- (in folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature, regarded as malevolent towards human beings
Word Origin and History for goblins
early 14c., "a devil, incubus, fairy," from Old French gobelin (12c., as Medieval Latin Gobelinus, the name of a spirit haunting the region of Evreux, in chronicle of Ordericus Vitalis), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to German kobold (see cobalt), or from Medieval Latin cabalus, from Greek kobalos "rogue, knave," kobaloi "wicked spirits invoked by rogues," of unknown origin. Another suggestion is that it is a diminutive of the proper name Gobel.
Though French gobelin was not recorded until almost 250 years after appearance of the English term, it is mentioned in the Medieval Latin text of the 1100's, and few people who believed in folk magic used Medieval Latin. [Barnhart]