goblin

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From Old Northern French gobelin (compare Normand goubelin, Walloon gobelin), possibly a blend of Old Dutch *kobeholdo (goblin) (compare Dutch kabouter, German Kobold) and Late Latin cobalus (mountain sprite), from Ancient Greek κόβαλος (kóbalos, rogue, knave; goblin).

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goblin (plural goblins)

  1. (fantasy literature) A mythical malevolent phantom or grotesque diminutive humanoid; a kobold.
    • 1872, George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, page 50,
      " [] If he had struck a stroke more to the side just here," said the goblin, tapping the very stone, as it seemed to Curdie, against which his head lay, "he would have been through; but he's a couple of yards past it now, and if he follow the lode it will be a week before it leads him in. [] "
    • 2006, Charlotte Bishop, Norty: The Chosen Ones, page 187,
      At last the goblins had a chance to rid themselves of one of the troublesome defenders, and two goblin warriors snatched the opportunity.
    • 2010, Thom L. Nichols, War: Return of the Elves, Part 1, page 37,
      The goblin shifted the two younger ones closer to him. It looked like he was hiding behind them, using them as a shield.
      The goblin looked pure evil. His eyes were brown.
    • 2010, D. S. Macleod, The Middle Times: Rise of the Goblin King, page 229,
      I shall send another entourage of goblins back here to Desput with the goblins’ new ally the Pixy! These creatures deserve the same respect as any other goblin.
    • 2013 June 22, “Snakes and ladders”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 76: 
      Risk is everywhere. From tabloid headlines insisting that coffee causes cancer (yesterday, of course, it cured it) to stern government warnings about alcohol and driving, the world is teeming with goblins. For each one there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you.

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goblin m (Cyrillic spelling гоблин)

  1. goblin