- 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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Examples from the Web for kobold
In German folklore, a kobold was a mischievous household spirit.What's the Difference Between Ghouls, Goblins, and Ghosts?
November 1, 2010
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.
In the German story the farmer set fire to his barn to burn the Kobold in it.
Gobelin, Goblin, or Goubelin, is evidently the same as Kobold.
There the kobold sat and ate breakfast; he had just finished when they came.Mogens and Other Stories
Jens Peter Jacobsen
- a mischievous household sprite
- a spirit that haunts subterranean places, such as mines
C19: from German; see cobalt