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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And the moment he did so, the second goblin jumped into his pocket, and there stayed.
▪ In sleep he looked delicate, more elf than goblin, almost beautiful.
▪ Leading the way were a few guys who had to banish mental goblins, including: Will Cunnane.
▪ No sooner had the goblins left them than Martin and Mihal stood still, pierced to the heart with a dreadful guilt.
▪ Tengu, the wicked long-nosed trickster goblin.
▪ They paint witches and goblins in black and in primary colors.
▪ This celebration of ghosts and goblins has now become a family hobby for the Flads.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Goblin \Gob"lin\, n. [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.] An evil or mischievous spirit; a playful or malicious elf; a frightful phantom; a gnome.

To whom the goblin, full of wrath, replied.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "a devil, incubus, fairy," from Old French gobelin (12c., as Medieval Latin Gobelinus, the name of a spirit haunting the region of Evreux, in chronicle of Ordericus Vitalis), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to German kobold (see cobalt), or from Medieval Latin cabalus, from Greek kobalos "rogue, knave," kobaloi "wicked spirits invoked by rogues," of unknown origin. Another suggestion is that it is a diminutive of the proper name Gobel.\n\nThough French gobelin was not recorded until almost 250 years after appearance of the English term, it is mentioned in the Medieval Latin text of the 1100's, and few people who believed in folk magic used Medieval Latin.



n. (context fantasy literature English) A mythical malevolent phantom or grotesque diminutive humanoid; a kobold.


n. (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings [syn: hob, hobgoblin]

Goblin (disambiguation)

__NOTOC__ A goblin is a legendary creature, related to gnomes or elves.

Goblin may also refer to:

Goblin (band)

Goblin (also Back to the Goblin, New Goblin, Goblin Rebirth, the Goblin Keys, The Goblins and Claudio Simonetti's Goblin) is an Italian progressive rock band known for their soundtrack work. They frequently collaborate with Dario Argento, most notably creating soundtracks for Profondo Rosso in 1975 and Suspiria in 1977. CD re-releases of their soundtracks have performed well, especially in Germany and Japan. Goblin returned with a series of live concerts in Europe in 2009 and in North America in 2013.

Initially named Cherry Five, their early work spawned one eponymous progressive rock record, and they were then called in to compose the soundtrack for Profondo Rosso. The band changed their name to Goblin, rewriting most of the score, originally written by Giorgio Gaslini including the famous main theme. The 1975 soundtrack album was a huge hit. After a reshuffle in their line-up, and they put out an instrumental progressive rock album Roller, before working with Argento again for 1977's Suspiria. Other film soundtracks and a concept album (Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark) followed, then the score for the European version of George A. Romero's 1978 Dawn of the Dead. In the film's opening title sequence, they are credited as "The Goblins with Dario Argento". Tracks 1, 2 and 7 from the European version are also in the American version of the album.

Despite their success, membership continued to be a revolving door, and the band also struggled to maintain their credibility. The remaining members continued to work on further soundtracks, and there was a partial reunification of three of the four band-members for Argento's Tenebrae (1982) (the album was credited to the three band-members separately, not as Goblin). The last collaboration with the director took place in 2000, with the film Non ho sonno (Sleepless).

Goblin (Dungeons & Dragons)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, goblins are a common and fairly weak race of evil humanoid monsters. Goblins are non-human monsters that low-level player characters often face in combat.


A goblin is a legendary evil or mischievous grotesque dwarf-like Demon or monster that appeared in European stories and accounts during the Middle Ages. They are ascribed various (sometimes conflicting) abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on the story and country of origin. In some cases, goblins are little creatures related to the brownie and gnome. They are usually small, sometimes only a few inches tall, sometimes the size of a dwarf, and have magical abilities; they are greedy, especially for gold and jewelry.

Goblin (voice actor)

, better known by his stage name of , is a Japanese narrator and impressionist from Hachinohe, Aomori. He is currently attached to Office Osawa; he was previously attached to the Tokyo Actor's Consumer's Cooperative Society, Jinsei Pro and Across Entertainment. His impression repertoire includes the likes of Naoto Takenaka, Masayuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Kamayatsu, Yūzō Kayama and Akira Fuse.

Goblin (film)

Goblin is a 2010 television film directed by Jeffery Scott Lando and written by Raul Inglis. The movie was released on the SyFy channel on July 7, 2010. Filming for Goblin took place in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada.

Goblin (Marvel Comics)

Goblins are goblin-themed fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They are usually depicted as supervillains and enemies of Spider-Man. They all started with the popularity of the Green Goblin ( Norman Osborn), Spider-Man's most dangerous foe. They are usually people in a goblin costume terrorizing New York City with pumpkin bombs and a glider or have been transformed by using the formula developed by Osborn and his former professor and business partner, Mendel Stromm.

Goblin (album)

Goblin is the second studio album by Odd Future leader Tyler, The Creator. It was released on May 10, 2011, through XL Recordings. The album's production came almost entirely from Tyler himself, along with contributions from fellow Odd Future member Left Brain. Goblin continues Tyler's dialogues with his fictional therapist Dr. TC, first heard on Bastard.

The album was preceded by singles "Sandwitches", featuring Hodgy Beats, " Yonkers", " She", featuring Frank Ocean and "Bitch Suck Dick", featuring Jasper Dolphin and Taco. The single "Yonkers" is considered responsible for garnering the significant internet and industry buzz surrounding the OF group at the time of the album's release. Goblin received generally positive reviews from critics. The album cover features Buffalo Bill at age 19.

Usage examples of "goblin".

Two goblins hurtled out in their wake, scratching and biting and both afire from head to foot.

Beneath it the city dropped away in walls, roofs, archaistic chimneys and lamplit streets, goblin lights of human-piloted vehicles, to the harbor, the sweep of Venture Bay, ships bound to and from the Sunward Islands and remoter regions of the Boreal Ocean, which glimmered like mercury in the afterglow of Charlemagne.

After resting a few moments, Huon bade Sherasmin lead the way into the neighboring forest, although his guide and mentor again strove to dissuade him from crossing it by explaining that the forest was haunted by a goblin who could change men into beasts.

He motioned for Bagman to come closer and whispered to him what he knew about his past goblin troubles and how he was trying to help Harry during the tournament.

Ron and Hermione were still regaling Draco Malfoy with the tale of the almost-blackmail scheme that the twins had tried with Ludo Bagman, and Bagman trying to help Harry win the tournament because of his other debts to the goblins.

He pointed to where the goblins had cleared the breach through the outer gate of the barbican once more and were now climbing up the inner gate.

Here was assembled a princely company, begowned and begemmed in fantastic panoply-the court of some Princess of Faerie-the Hall of a Goblin Queen!

High walls surrounded Bryn Shander, as much protection from the biting wind as from invading goblins or barbarians.

The rotten twister lets me and Byrt fend for ourselves with the goblins.

I am Gwendolyn Goblin, chiefess of Goblin Mountain, but please call me Gwenny.

Her second was Gwendolyn Goblin, now the Chiefess of Goblin Mountain and a powerful ally.

But maybe she thought it would be more entertaining to have a goblin chiefess, some future year.

She was the chiefess of Goblin Mountain, but perhaps would have half a moment to spare.

I did not mention my ability to see the goblins but spoke only of my other psychic talents, specifically of my clairvoyant ability to sense oncoming danger.

Surely ghouls and ghosts, goblins and monsters, had no power over those who were properly groomed, deodorized, fluoridated, dressed, fed, employed, and motivated.