from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In folk-lore, a house-elf or brownie who repays tolerance or kindness by doing the harder part of the housework, in the night, for his benefactors.


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  • As he watched, his wonder sank, and he grew disappointed at the collapsing of the lubber-fiend into a poor half-naked child upon whom both his courage and his fear had been wasted.

    Sir Gibbie


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  • Your house-elf, if you treat him right,

    Will clean up your cottage at night

    So, well scrubbed and cleaned

    By your lubber-fiend,

    You’ll find your kitchen shining bright.

    February 3, 2018