goblin definition by Webster's New World
Origin of goblinMiddle English gobelin ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin gobelinus ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form cobalus ; from Classical Greek kobalos, sprite
goblin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin of goblinMiddle English gobelin, from Norman French *gobelin, name of a ghost that supposedly haunted the town of Évreux in the 12th century.
goblin definition by Wiktionary
- Boglin, globin
From Old Northern French gobelin (compare Normand goubelin, Walloon gobelin), possibly a blend of Old Low Franconian *kobeholdo ("goblin") (compare Dutch kabouter, German Kobold) and Late Latin cobalus ("mountain sprite"), from Ancient Greek κόβαλος (kobalos, “rogue, knave; goblin”).