a grotesque sprite or elf that is mischievous or malicious toward people.
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How to use goblin in a sentence
The Green goblin and Spider-Man fought shortly before they were both set to attend the same Thanksgiving dinner.Breaking Down All the Cameos in Spider-Man: No Way Home | Eliana Dockterman | December 17, 2021 | Time
Imaginary numbers might seem like unicorns and goblins — interesting but irrelevant to reality.Quantum physics requires imaginary numbers to explain reality | Emily Conover | December 15, 2021 | Science News
That seems like a tough challenge for a movie we know is already stuffed with bad guys like Doctor Octopus, Electro and the Green goblin.Is Venom in Spider-Man: No Way Home? The Venom 2 End-Credits Scene Offers a Hint | Eliana Dockterman | October 1, 2021 | Time
I prayed it was not a band of cutthroat goblins seeking to plunder our hard-earned treasures.
Another mentioned that he perceived finger tapping while he was “fighting against goblins” in the dream, and being surprised that he could do math in battle.Scientists Communicated With People While They Were Lucid Dreaming | Shelly Fan | February 22, 2021 | Singularity Hub
So what most Spider-Man fans are dying to know is what The Green goblin looks like, and how they arrived at that look.Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin Is the Best Thing About ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ | Kevin Fallon | May 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the film, we watch as Gollum gets in a tussle with his next meal, an unsuspecting goblin.‘The Hobbit’: 19 Changes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel to Peter Jackson’s Movie | Anna Klassen | December 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was the strangest-looking creature Davy had ever seen, not even excepting the goblin.
The goblin stared about him in a dazed manner for a moment, and then said, "Sindbad the Sailor's house."
As it came near, it proved to be the clock, with a sail hoisted, and the goblin sitting complacently in the stern.
The goblin looked back despairingly, and Davy just caught the words, "I don't know how to turn around!"
"I'm quite aware that my appearance is not prepossessing," said the Hole-keeper, with a scornful look at the goblin.
British Dictionary definitions for goblin
(in folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature, regarded as malevolent towards human beings
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