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gremlin

[ grem-lin ]
/ ˈgrɛm lɪn /
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noun

a mischievous invisible being, said by airplane pilots in World War II to cause engine trouble and mechanical difficulties.
any cause of trouble, difficulties, etc., especially in a mechanical, electrical, computer, or other system: A loose wire was the gremlin that blew out the lights.

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Origin of gremlin

First recorded in 1925–30; of obscure origin; in its earliest attested use, an RAF term for a low-ranking officer or enlisted man assigned the most onerous duties; later development perhaps affected by phonetic resemblance togoblin

synonym study for gremlin

1. See goblin.
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British Dictionary definitions for gremlin

gremlin
/ (ˈɡrɛmlɪn) /

noun

an imaginary imp jokingly said to be responsible for malfunctions in machinery
any mischievous troublemaker

Word Origin for gremlin

C20: perhaps a corruption of goblin
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