kobold

[koh-bold, -bohld]
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noun (in German folklore)
  1. a spirit or goblin, often mischievous, that haunts houses.
  2. a spirit that haunts mines or other underground places.

Origin of kobold

Borrowed into English from German around 1625–35
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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

kobold

noun German myth
  1. a mischievous household sprite
  2. a spirit that haunts subterranean places, such as mines

Word Origin for kobold

C19: from German; see cobalt
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