• WordNet 3.6
    • n goblin (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Goblin An evil or mischievous spirit; a playful or malicious elf; a frightful phantom; a gnome. "To whom the goblin , full of wrath, replied."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n goblin An imaginary being supposed to haunt dark or remote places, and to take an occasional capricious interest in human affairs; an elf; a sprite; an earthly spirit; particularly, a surly elf; a malicious fairy; a spirit of the woods; a demon of the earth; a gnome; a ko-bold.
    • n goblin Synonyms Elf, Gnome, etc, See fairy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Goblin gob′lin a frightful phantom: a fairy: a mischievous sprite.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gobelin, F. gobelin, LL. gobelinus, fr. Gr. knave, a mischievous goblin; or cf. G. kobold, E. kobold, cobalt, Armor. gobilin, an ignis fatuus, goblin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. gobelin—Low L. gobelinus—Gr. kobalos, a mischievous spirit.


In literature:

Elves, goblins, ghosts, real and unreal; dreams, witchcraft, second-sight?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
And what did he do with his deadly darts, This goblin of grisly bone?
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
I'm so cross, it would have to be a goblin.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
The Master never talked of goblins, strength, disorder, or spirits.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
This group of notions constitutes goblinism.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
She said that all her guests should appear either as goblins or as nymphs.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
No kobold, gnome, or any other goblin of the mine disturbed the watchers through that night.
"The Crystal Hunters" by George Manville Fenn
Then the goblin made a fire and flung him into it.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
Diana and Wendy, rather fascinated with the "Goblin Hole", as they called it, lingered, poking their noses inside the entrance.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Merry the goblins shriek.
"Lilith" by Ada Langworthy Collier

In poetry:

In leafless woodlands saturnine,
Where reckless winds, like goblins mad,
Screech swinging in each barren vine,
His wagship shapes a lesson sad:
"Frost" by Madison Julius Cawein
Down on the marshlands with flicker and glow
Wanders Will-o'-the-Wisp through the night,
Seeking for witch-gold lost long ago
By the glimmer of goblin lantern-light.
"An April Night" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Here the grey seas have drunk an azure day:
The goblin-shaped miasmas of the night
And ghostly dragons of the mist take flight
Unzoned, along a vervain-flowered way
Behind the fervent footprints of the sun.
"Dedication / To Carol" by Clark Ashton Smith
The early reaper at the start of day
Pauses ‘mid the falling hay,
And stands in wond’ring gaze, with eyes upturned to watch they flight;
To him dost seem some goblin that the lifting nigh Hath gone astray.
"The Wrecked Aeroplane" by Leon Gellert
A night when witches skim the air,
When spooks and goblins climb the stair;
When bats rush out with muffled wings,
And now and then the door-bell rings;
But just the funniest thing of all
Is 'cause you can't see when they call.
"Halloween" by Edwin Carty Ranck
And then the whole of the Goblin band
Rocked on the fence-top to and fro,
And clung, in a long row, hand in hand,
Singing the songs that they used to know--
Singing the songs that their grandsires sung
In the goo-goo days of the Goblin-tongue.
"The Nine Little Goblins" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Imagine a recurring nightmare in which an army of goblins slowly robs you of your money and eventually your livelihood and whose numbers multiply no matter what you do to stop them.
He lives on fish and stuff that he can steal from the goblins.
File Photo Downtown Midland was filled with ghouls and goblins along with assorted pirates, witches and an occasional fairy princess.
The scariest thing about Halloween last year was not the 6-year old goblins running around Boulder neighborhoods, although some of them were pretty scary.
Skeletons will rattle, little goblins roll just as they have in Halloweens past.
Ghosts and goblins glow in Leesburg.
Keep your little goblins safe this Halloween.
Keep your little goblins safe this Halloween .
Nor do goblins, ghouls or headless horsemen.
Downtown merchants are hosting little ghosts and goblins as well.
Halloween is coming early at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo WOWT, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, and Hy-Vee invite you to bring your little ghouls and goblins to Spooktacular on October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28, 2012 from 6-9 p.m.
The museum is being taken over by ghosts, goblins and other scary things for its 18th annual Halloween Howl .
Ghosts and goblins, warriors and princesses, video game characters and every day heroes were seen in and around Warren County School District's elementary schools on Wednesday.
Mountain Home Police will be out in force tonight helping keep Halloween safe as goblins, ghosts and ghouls travel throughout the city in hopes of collecting the most candy.
Alexander won the Young People's Literature Prize at the National Book Awards in New York on Wednesday for his debut novel, "Goblin Secrets," a fantasy tale about a boy who joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother.

In science:

It is advisable to check the development of Goblin XNA.
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