A grotesque elfin creature of folklore, thought to work mischief or evil.
[Middle English gobelin, from Old French : Vulgar Latin *gobalus, goblin (from Greek kobālos, mischievous goblin, from earlier impudent rogue, arrant knave, of unknown origin) + Old French -in, suffix forming deprecatory nouns and nouns denoting a member of a group (from Latin -īnus,, -ine; see -INE1).]
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