gremlin

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Old English grëmian ("to vex", "to anger"), related to German grämen and Swedish gräma ("to grieve").

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

gremlin (plural gremlins)

  1. A mythical creature reputed to be mechanically and mischievously inclined to damage or dismantle machinery.
  2. (by extension) Any mysterious, unknown source of trouble or mischief.
    We rechecked everything, and we suspect gremlins in the database.