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[koh-bold, -bohld] /ˈkoʊ bɒld, -boʊld/
noun, (in German folklore)
a spirit or goblin, often mischievous, that haunts houses.
a spirit that haunts mines or other underground places.
Origin of kobold
Borrowed into English from German around 1625-35 Unabridged
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  • Thus no knowledge or skill avails against the kobold of the Case.

    The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
  • The change of servants does not affect the kobold, who still remains.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • In the German story the farmer set fire to his barn to burn the kobold in it.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • Gobelin, Goblin, or Goubelin, is evidently the same as kobold.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • There the kobold sat and ate breakfast; he had just finished when they came.

    Mogens and Other Stories Jens Peter Jacobsen
  • His name among them is troll (drôle); among the Germans kobold, nix.

  • Above was star-sown night, but Rome lay under a kobold roof of her own lighting.


    Mary Johnston
  • But he reproved her conduct, and even struggled with the kobold who tried to prevent his releasing her from the crab.

    Complete Short Works Georg Ebers
  • The kobold chose a more comfortable seat, and told me of his own accord.

British Dictionary definitions for kobold


noun (German myth)
a mischievous household sprite
a spirit that haunts subterranean places, such as mines
Word Origin
C19: from German; see cobalt
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Contemporary definitions for kobold

in German folklore, a haunting spirit, gnome, or goblin

Word Origin

Middle High German kobolt 'goblin''s 21st Century Lexicon
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