gremlin

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Possibly from Old English gremian(to vex; anger) +‎ -lin, -ling; related to German grämen, Swedish gräma(to grieve).

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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.

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