a grotesque sprite or elf that is mischievous or malicious toward people.
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How to use goblin in a sentence
Perhaps lording over goblins is the right description after all.
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ourrias is carried to the bottom of the river by the goblins and spirits that come out and hover over it at night.Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
Little dark-colored goblins, with a will-o'-the-wisp in their caps, danced about the room.Rudy and Babette | Hans Christian Andersen
At any graft, no matter what,Your merry goblins soon stravag: Booze and the blowens cop the lot.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
The night had darkened until, to Teola, shivering and ill, it seemed alive with shadowy goblins which mocked at her.Tess of the Storm Country | Grace Miller White
The one human thing, with the goblins before me—Alone—in a loneness so ghastly—Alone!The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 | Ministry of Education
British Dictionary definitions for goblin
(in folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature, regarded as malevolent towards human beings
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