Origin of goblin
Examples from the Web for goblin
Wait here, said the Goblin, and Ill go and find what its all about.Knock Three Times!|Marion St. John Webb
Forceful it sung along the air; but the goblin advanced with hasty steps among the clouds.Imogen|William Godwin
He filled in the blanks as the location notice of the Goblin Gold Mine—original notice and copy.Stepsons of Light|Eugene Manlove Rhodes
In his opinion, Robin Hood was neither a Saxon malcontent nor the hero of a poet's romance; nor yet was he 'a goblin or a myth.'
"I'm worse than that," said the Goblin, as if Davy had spoken aloud.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
British Dictionary definitions for goblin
Word Origin for goblin
Word Origin and History for goblin
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]