/ˈgrɛmlən/ noun, pl -lins [count]
: a small imaginary creature that is blamed when something (such as a machine) does not work properly

As expected, the new computer network has had its share of gremlins. [=there have been problems with the new computer network]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • grem|lin — «GREHM luhn», noun. 1. an imaginary creature that causes trouble in an aircraft or its engines or parts. 2. a cause of trouble: »Our biggest gremlin was rust (New York Times). 3. Slang. = gremmie. (Cf. ↑gremmie) ╂[origin uncertain] …   Useful english dictionary

  • grem — grem·lin; grem·mie; grem·o·la·ta; grem·my; grem·o·la·da; …   English syllables

  • lin — ace·tyl·cho·lin·esterase; ac glob·u·lin; Adren·a·lin; al·ka·lin·i·ty; al·ka·lin·i·za·tion; al·ka·lin·ize; al·lin·eate; al·lin·eation; amy·e·lin·ic; amyg·da·lin; anas·pa·lin; ani·lin·gus; an·i·lin·ism; an·thra·lin; an·ti·cho·lin·es·ter·ase;… …   English syllables

  • gremlin — grem·lin …   English syllables

  • gremlin — grem·lin (grĕm’lĭn) n. 1) An imaginary gnomelike creature to whom mechanical problems, especially in aircraft, are attributed. 2) A maker of mischief. ╂ [Perhaps blend of Irish gruaimín, bad tempered little fellow (from Middle Irish gruaim, gloom …   Word Histories

  • gremmie — /grem ee/, n. Slang. a novice surfer or one with poor form. [1960 65; GREM(LIN) + IE] * * * …   Universalium

  • gremlin — /grem lin/, n. 1. a mischievous invisible being, said by airplane pilots in World War II to cause engine trouble and mechanical difficulties. 2. any cause of trouble, difficulties, etc. [1925 30; of obscure orig; in its earliest attested use, an… …   Universalium

  • gremlin — grem|lin [ˈgremlın] n [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Perhaps from Irish Gaelic gruaimin angry little man ; influenced by goblin] an imaginary evil spirit that is blamed for problems in machinery …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gremlin — grem|lin [ gremlın ] noun count a small imaginary creature that people blame when they have problems with machines …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gremlin — grem•lin [[t]ˈgrɛm lɪn[/t]] n. myt an imaginary, mischievous being humorously alleged to cause mechanical failures in aircraft or disruptions in any activity • Etymology: 1925–30; of obscure orig.; in its earliest attested sense, an RAF term for… …   From formal English to slang

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