One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in folklore and fantasy fiction) a mischievous, ugly creature resembling a dwarf.
hobgoblin, gnome, dwarf, troll, imp, elf, sprite, brownie, fairy, pixieView synonyms
- ‘Home to a wacky wizard, it's a gothic mansion packed to the rafters with mischievous goblins and no-good ghosts.’
- ‘The two elves approached the last goblin, still stuck to the ground, from both sides.’
- ‘Such are the dangers at a time when ghosts and goblins are not the only things scaring American voters.’
- ‘He had the image of himself, like a goblin or ghost, haunting her gravesite for weeks, vainly trying to protect her.’
- ‘Better to just give someone a goblin in jar and let them get on with it.’
- ‘Nor are they any on goblins, elves, hobbits and powerful rings that make one disappear.’
- ‘The rock structures in Arches range from giant fists to little goblins.’
- ‘I see an intrepid adventurer plodding blindly through a world of booby traps, goblins, jesters and dragons.’
- ‘On Friday, Halloween was again on everyone's minds and even the odd goblin or ghoul turned up to spend the day with them!’
- ‘It was the target of many attacks by orcs, ogres, trolls, goblins, and the list goes on.’
- ‘Elves and men and gnomes and goblins alike looked about in fear and confusion.’
- ‘The other angle I read into this is that of the child-abduction by goblins and fairies in the tales of yore and of today.’
- ‘The mean dwellings of gnomes and goblins came into view, as well as armed camps dotted with small fires.’
- ‘I wanted to show people that Halloween can be a lot more than simply ghosts and goblins.’
- ‘There is a group of elves or goblins or aliens or something who show up as I'm drifting off.’
- ‘And the dumb goblins, ghouls, and vampires try to take our home from us, so we also have to steal charms and such.’
- ‘In the back of the cavern goblins and demons poured in and out in a chaotic flow through many winding tunnels.’
- ‘You see, even though the last goblin died, evil still found hold in weak creatures.’
- ‘All of a sudden an army of goblins and dwarfs started marching towards them.’
- ‘Thus all of the cultures of the world have stories of unknown beings such as ghosts, goblins, and alien life.’
Middle English: from Old French gobelin, possibly related to German Kobold (see kobold) or to Greek kobalos ‘mischievous goblin’. In medieval Latin Gobelinus occurs as the name of a mischievous spirit, said to haunt Évreux in northern France in the 12th century.
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