Goblin definition

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A grotesque elfin creature of folklore, thought to work mischief or evil.
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(fantasy) A mythical, humanoid creature, often found in contemporary fantasy.
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(UK, rail transport, informal) Gospel Oak to Barking Line, a railway line in north London.
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(folklore) An evil or mischievous spirit, often represented in pictures as humanlike and ugly or misshapen in form.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
goblin
Plural:
goblins

Origin of goblin

  • Middle English gobelin from Norman French gobelin name of a ghost that supposedly haunted the town of Évreux in the 12th century

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary