• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kobold A kind of domestic spirit in German mythology, corresponding to the Scottish brownie and the English Robin Goodfellow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kobold In Germany, an elemental spirit, or nature-spirit of the earth, corresponding to this element as undines, sylphs, and salamanders respectively correspond to water, air, and fire; a gnome or goblin. Kobolds are supposed to inhabit mines and other underground places. When regarded as present in houses, the kobold is more frequently called a poltergeist ('racket-sprite'), in allusion to its mischievous pranks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kobold kō′bold in German folklore, a spirit of the mines.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G., perh. orig., house god, hose protector. See Cobalt
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Akin to goblin.


In literature:

And Joseph Ribas was the merry, always-cheerful, always-serious Kobold of this invisible deity!
"The Daughter of an Empress" by Louise Muhlbach
A kobold of the toys!
"The Metal Monster" by A. Merritt
But Meg Merrilies is closer yet with the kobold than you are; ay, and I had never such weather as after having drawn her blood.
"Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
There the kobold sat and ate breakfast; he had just finished when they came.
"Mogens and Other Stories" by Jens Peter Jacobsen
The Germans imagine that they have fairy kobolds, sprites, and gnomes which play under ground and haunt mines.
"Among the Forces" by Henry White Warren
Above was star-sown night, but Rome lay under a kobold roof of her own lighting.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Was it a malicious forest kobold, or only a night-owl?
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Thus no knowledge or skill avails against the Kobold of the Case.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
There is a great deal of grotesque humour in the manufacture, agility, and multiplication of the domestic Kobold.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 348" by Various
Kobold, its etymology, 85.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various

In poetry:

And one was spinning a sailor's yarn
About Klaboterman,
The Kobold of the sea; a spright
Invisible to mortal sight,
Who o'er the rigging ran.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - I. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Strike not thy dog with a stick!
I did it yesterday:
Not to undo though I gained
The Paradise: heavy it rained
On Kobold's flanks, and he lay.
"To Children: For Tyrants" by George Meredith
"Inspector Kobold came to you - "
The little Ghost began.
Here I broke in - "Inspector who?
Inspecting Ghosts is something new!
Explain yourself, my man!"
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
"His name is Kobold," said my guest:
"One of the Spectre order:
You'll very often see him dressed
In a yellow gown, a crimson vest,
And a night-cap with a border.
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
They slept in peace: in marshes here and there no doubt
A sterile dragon lingered to a natural death,
But in a year the spoor had vanished from the heath:
A kobold's knocking in the mountain petered out.
"A New Age" by W H Auden
They slept in peace: in marshes here and there no doubt
A sterile dragon lingered to a natural death,
But in a year the spoor had vanished from the heath;
The kobold's knocking in the mountain petered out.
"In the Time of War, XII" by W H Auden

In news:

Courtney Kobold and Madison Soldati.
This acquisition adds further depth and breadth Kobold 's already extensive product offering.
The Kobold Group is headquartered in Hofheim, Germany and has manufacturing operations and sales offices in over 30 countries worldwide.
Kobold 's first call from Gandolfini has since become so much more than a good story.
It was the third random but crucial encounter of Kobold 's young life and a pivotal moment in the history of Kobold Watch.
He is now Kobold 's most famous brand ambassador, as the official faces of the company are known.
ANG NAMGEL SHERPA and Lakpa Thundu Sherpa had never heard of a Kobold watch before they shepherded Pittsburgh entrepreneur Michael Kobold and explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes up Mt Everest back in 2009.