(in folklore) one of a species of diminutive beings, usually described as shriveled little old men, that inhabit the interior of the earth and act as guardians of its treasures; troll.
an expert in monetary or financial affairs; international banker or financier: the gnomes of Zurich.
- gnomish, adjective
Other definitions for gnome (2 of 2)
a short, pithy expression of a general truth; aphorism.
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How to use gnome in a sentence
In Greece, they sneak into homes to scare children, and in Scandinavia, the gnomes play pranks.
I would translate the title into: No Gnomes Are Going to Come.
At first she saw nothing but a vast host of gnomes perched on the walls and crowding on the floor of the big hall.The Olive Fairy Book | Various
As the thunder dies away, the gnomes rush wildly toward the witch.The Saxons | Edwin Davies Schoonmaker
Basing our computations upon data supplied by these statements, we find that the gnomes were probably extinct as early as 1764.The Devil's Dictionary | Ambrose Bierce
Those were gnomes—the real spooky, spinky kind that give you the shivers up and down your back when they're out gnoming.The Pony Rider Boys on the Blue Ridge | Frank Gee Patchin
But the Gnomes heard the Goblins talking about the party one night and they were very angry because they were not asked also.Sandman's Goodnight Stories | Abbie Phillips Walker
British Dictionary definitions for gnome (1 of 2)
one of a species of legendary creatures, usually resembling small misshapen old men, said to live in the depths of the earth and guard buried treasure
the statue of a gnome, esp in a garden
a very small or ugly person
facetious, or derogatory an international banker or financier (esp in the phrase gnomes of Zürich)
- gnomish, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for gnome (2 of 2)
a short pithy saying or maxim expressing a general truth or principle
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