Origin of goblin
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|Annaliza Savage|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was weird, but not as weird as the goblins, ghosts, and other stock fiction figures mixing with the masses on the street.
You can substitute fairies and goblins, with the stars, the galaxies, and looking down a microscope.
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|Anna Klassen|December 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Candy, costumes, ghosts, and goblins: Halloween makes for a great movie moment.‘Donnie Darko,’ ‘Mean Girls’ & More Halloween Movie Scenes (VIDEO)|Abby Haglage|October 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Yet he believed in the goblins, to whom miners ascribe the effects of mephitic exhalations.
During the conversation that followed, the fact that the son had roasted three goblins for sweetmeats was conveyed to the bhûtas.Tales of the Sun|Mrs. Howard Kingscote
Just as in the case of all fairies and goblins, the dead disappear at first cock-crow.The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries|W. Y. Evans Wentz
Here in the little sheltered hollow no goblins gibbered, no banshee wailed in the wet wood.Old Plymouth Trails|Winthrop Packard
In some districts these curious sprites or goblins are known as "vaasedrift."The Norwegian Fjords|A. Heaton Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for goblins
Word Origin for goblin
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]