(1) (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
Possibly from Old English grëmian ("to vex
", "to anger
"), related to German grämen and Swedish gräma
- A mythical creature reputed to be mechanically inclined and mischievously inclined to damage or dismantle machinery.
- By extension, any mysterious, unknown source of trouble or mischief.
- We rechecked everything, and we suspect gremlins in the database.