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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Although both services have been dogged by Internet gremlins, has yet to launch on the Web.
▪ I work for this gremlin named Spider.
▪ Is there a gremlin outside, chewing on the wing of the plane?
▪ Let's just say that there were rather too many technical gremlins around.
▪ More recently, stories have circulated that mechanical or electrical faults in factories are due to gremlins taking over the working of machines.
▪ The gremlins have been at work again!
▪ These things happen to the most confident of video users and the gremlins always seem to choose their moment with great care.
▪ You're absolutely right Stephen, the formula should be W - gremlins in the computer again!
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"small imaginary creature blamed for mechanical failures," oral use in R.A.F. aviators' slang from Malta, Middle East and India said to date to 1923. First printed use perhaps in poem in journal "Aeroplane" April 10, 1929; certainly in use by 1941, and popularized in World War II and picked up by Americans (for example "New York Times" Magazine April 11, 1943). Of unknown origin. Speculations in Barnhart are a possible dialectal survival of Old English gremman "to anger, vex" + the -lin of goblin; or Irish gruaimin "bad-tempered little fellow." Surfer slang for "young surfer, beach trouble-maker" is from 1961 (short form gremmie by 1962).


n. 1 A mythical creature reputed to be mechanically and mischievously inclined to damage or dismantle machinery. 2 (context by extension English) Any mysterious, unknown source of trouble or mischief.


n. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous [syn: elf, hob, pixie, pixy, brownie, imp]


A gremlin is a creature commonly depicted as mischievous and mechanically oriented, with a specific interest in aircraft. Gremlins' mischievous natures are similar to those of English folkloric imps, while their inclination to damage or dismantle machinery is more modern.

Gremlin (disambiguation)

A gremlin is a mythological mischievous creature.

Gremlin or gremlins may also refer to:

  • Gremln, a social media marketing company
  • The Gremlins, a book by Roald Dahl
  • AMC Gremlin, a subcompact car made by American Motors Corporation
  • Gremlin (comics), a series of characters in the Marvel Universe
  • Gremlin (protein), a naturally-occurring protein
  • Gremlin Industries, an early arcade game manufacturer
  • Gremlin Interactive (originally Gremlin Graphics), a British software house
  • Gremlins, a film released in 1984
    • One of several video game versions or spin-offs of the original film:
      • Gremlins (Atari 2600), an action video game for the Atari VCS/2600 console
      • Gremlins (Atari 5200), an action video game for the Atari 5200 console
      • Gremlins: The Adventure, an interactive fiction computer game
      • Gremlins: Unleashed!, a 2001 video game for the Game Boy Advance
      • Gremlins: Stripe vs Gizmo, a 2002 video game for the Game Boy Advance
      • Gremlins 2: The New Batch, the 1990 film sequel
      • Gremlins 2: The New Batch (video game), a video game based on the 1990 film
  • SA-14 Gremlin, the NATO reporting name for the Russian 9K34 Strela-3 surface-to-air missile system
  • Gremlin (chimpanzee), a chimpanzee that featured in several documentaries
  • Gremlin (programming language), a graph-based programming language
  • "Gremlin", a song by Danny Brown from his 2013 album Old
  • "Gremlin D.Va", an artistic drawing of a character named D.Va in Overwatch (video game)
Gremlin (comics)

Gremlin (born Kondrati Topolov) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Although initially an adversary of the Hulk, Gremlin is killed in battle with Iron Man during the Armor Wars.

Gremlin (protein)

Gremlin is an inhibitor in the TGF beta signaling pathway.

Gremlin (programming language)

Gremlin is a graph traversal language and virtual machine developed by Apache TinkerPop of the Apache Software Foundation. Gremlin works for both OLTP-based graph databases as well as OLAP-based graph processors. Gremlin's automata and functional language foundation enable Gremlin to naturally support imperative and declarative querying, host language agnosticism, user-defined domain specific languages, an extensible compiler/optimizer, single- and multi-machine execution models, hybrid depth- and breadth-first evaluation, as well as Turing Completeness.

As an explanatory analogy, Apache TinkerPop and Gremlin are to graph databases what the JDBC and SQL are to relational databases. Likewise, the Gremlin traversal machine is to graph computing as what the Java virtual machine is to general purpose computing.

Usage examples of "gremlin".

Imagine armies of tiny RFID spoofers and jammers set loose to roam, to mimic codes they encounter, and to inject RFID gremlins throughout their random travels.

Though the outboard motors were meticulously maintained by Tall Man, all outboards harbored gremlins and could seize up and stop at any moment for no apparent reason.

They stopped only once between the monster-ridden shores of Frostingdung and the Gulf of Gremlins, and that was far out to sea.

The cars are the beater first cars kids drive in high school: Gremlins and Pacers, Mavericks and Hornets, Pintos, International Harvester pickup trucks, lowered Camaros and Dusters and Impalas.

Five minutes later, Corrie was nosing the Gremlin down the narrow, rutted track that was known locally as the powerline road.

The gremlins are in engineering the actuating sorcery and the support systems.

She fiddled with her camera again as she sat on the hood of the Gremlin, glancing up as Wendy donned the white linen robe and sat facing the incense holder at the east compass point of the circle.

For whatever reason, maybe just the gremlins that invariably plagued every project, this time the computer showed a break in the electrical current in the trigger mechanisms.

He had the time to wait while the gremlins were exorcised from Durani's jinnetic engineering scheme.

He had the time to wait whfle the gremlins were exorcised from Durani's jinnetic engtaeering scheme.

She'd bet Gremlin Infestation wasn't a discharge diagnosis that Medicare, Medicaid, or Blue Cross/Blue Shield would be willing to pay for.

So they went along in their pokey fashion, the weirdly shaped Gremlin making rolling stops at traffic signs and the Eldorado, a little bit later, doing the same.

Pendergast took her arm and steered her gently but firmly away, and before she could recover they were out of the corn and on the narrow dirt service road beside her Gremlin.