Meaning of “gremlin” in the English Dictionary

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"gremlin" in British English

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gremlinnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡrem.lɪn/ us /ˈɡrem.lən/

an imaginary little creature that gets inside things, especially machines, and makes them stop working:

We must have a gremlin in the engine - it isn't working right.

(Definition of “gremlin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gremlin" in American English

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gremlinnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡrem·lən/

an imaginary creature that gets inside things, esp. machines, and causes problems

(Definition of “gremlin” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)