[koh-bold, -bohld]

noun (in German folklore)

a spirit or goblin, often mischievous, that haunts houses.
a spirit that haunts mines or other underground places.

Origin of kobold

Borrowed into English from German around 1625–35
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Contemporary Examples of kobold

Historical Examples of kobold

  • Thus no knowledge or skill avails against the Kobold of the Case.

    The Booklover and His Books

    Harry Lyman Koopman

  • The change of servants does not affect the Kobold, who still remains.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

  • In the German story the farmer set fire to his barn to burn the Kobold in it.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

  • Gobelin, Goblin, or Goubelin, is evidently the same as Kobold.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

  • There the kobold sat and ate breakfast; he had just finished when they came.

    Mogens and Other Stories

    Jens Peter Jacobsen

British Dictionary definitions for kobold


noun German myth

a mischievous household sprite
a spirit that haunts subterranean places, such as mines

Word Origin for kobold

C19: from German; see cobalt
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