One of various hostile supernatural creatures, now especially (fantasy literature) a malevolent and grotesque diminutive humanoid.
A mythical creature reputed to be mischievously inclined to damage or dismantle machinery.
An evil or mischievous spirit; a playful or malicious elf; a frightful phantom; a gnome.
‘To whom the goblin, full of wrath, replied.’;
(by extension) Any mysterious, unknown source of trouble or mischief.
‘We rechecked everything, and we suspect gremlins in the database.’;
(folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings
A young inexperienced surfer.
A goblin is a monstrous creature that appears in the folklore of multiple European cultures, first attested in stories from the Middle Ages. They are ascribed various and conflicting abilities, temperaments and appearances depending on the story and country of origin.
(folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
an imaginary mischievous sprite regarded as responsible for an unexplained mechanical or electronic problem or fault
‘a gremlin in my computer omitted a line’;
an unexplained problem or fault
‘electrical gremlins are often difficult to locate’;
A gremlin is a mischievous folkloric creature that causes malfunctions in aircraft or other machinery. Depictions of these creatures vary.