• (America) IPA: /ˈɡɑb.lɪn/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɡɒb.lɪn/

goblin (plural goblins)

  1. One of various hostile supernatural creatures, now especially (fantasy literature) a malevolent and grotesque diminutive humanoid.
    • c. 1620, anonymous, “Tom o' Bedlam” in Giles Earle his Booke (British Museum, Additional MSS. 24, 665):
      From yͤ hagg & hungry Goblin,
      yͭ into raggs would rend yee,
      & yͤ spirit yͭ stand’s by yͤ naked man,
      in yͤ booke of moones defend yee
    • 1872, George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, page 50 ↗,
      " […] If he had struck a stroke more to the side just here," said the goblin, tapping the very stone, as it seemed to Curdie, against which his head lay, "he would have been through; but he's a couple of yards past it now, and if he follow the lode it will be a week before it leads him in. […] "
    • 2006, Charlotte Bishop, Norty: The Chosen Ones, page 187 ↗,
      At last the goblins had a chance to rid themselves of one of the troublesome defenders, and two goblin warriors snatched the opportunity.
    • 2010, Thom L. Nichols, War: Return of the Elves, Part 1, page 37 ↗,
      The goblin shifted the two younger ones closer to him. It looked like he was hiding behind them, using them as a shield.
      The goblin looked pure evil. His eyes were brown.
    • 2010, D. S. Macleod, The Middle Times: Rise of the Goblin King, page 229 ↗,
      I shall send another entourage of goblins back here to Desput with the goblins’ new ally the Pixy! These creatures deserve the same respect as any other goblin.
Synonyms Translations
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɡɒb.lɪn/
Proper noun
  1. (British, rail transport, informal) Acronym of Gospel Oak to Barking Line, a railway line in north London.

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